Definition of decenter in English:


transitive verb

(British decentre)
[with object]
  • 1Displace from the center or from a central position.

    ‘Some within these movements understand that they have to study, to know more, to decentre themselves from the culturally dominant ideology.’
    • ‘Around 1915, Shapley decentered the solar system by placing it toward the periphery of our galaxy.’
    • ‘I believe it was Freud who humbly suggested that the three greatest scientific revolutions were those that decentred humanity.’
    • ‘Similarly, the drive to topple God from his throne (or decentre him as a universal referent for all knowledge) is closely bound up with the emergence of freedom as a key political value in Liberalism.’
    • ‘A consistent political factor of these new literatures lies in its strong impetus towards decentring the existing hierarchy.’
    • ‘Such a stance decentres the place and expertise of academics.’
    • ‘In this way, Ferre decenters the dominant culture of Puerto Rico, exposing its complicity with the margins, a move that is especially radical since it comes from a writer who inhabits that very center.’
    • ‘He challenges and decenters the accounts given in the Western press.’
    • ‘They have decentered Euro-American feminism and are looking at lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender identities.’
    • ‘So Far From God parodies the family saga to decenter patriarchal biases inherent in the form; it further critiques individualism and constructs a new literary identity characterized by community.’
    • ‘Freeman, a professor of history at Queens College, identifies several explanatory factors that decenter the city's image as a bastion of high finance and high culture.’
    • ‘The Nyoirin Kannon has been the subject of many scholarly discussions, and in my attempt to decenter it I have only added to the literature.’
    • ‘Like Barbara Kingsolver in The Poisonwood Bible, Gregory seeks to decenter a Eurocentric viewpoint.’
    • ‘That said, this is a brilliant and exciting book, which succeeds in decentering and refocusing our vision and understanding, forcing us back to both history and history painting to ask new and different questions.’
    • ‘Such narratives decenter national black protest organizations and their local branches, lending greater attention to indigenous, unaffiliated groupings.’
    • ‘Such investments reorganize instruction in ways that decenter the faculty, rationalize teaching, and expand the role of nonfaculty professionals.’
    • ‘Within this variety, where all races meet at America's crossroads, Levins Morales overcomes racism, decenters European authority, and affirms the power of America's multiracial heritage, all in the tradition of Ferre and Vega.’
    • ‘Many comments reflected the peer group leaders' efforts to decenter their authority, although they also reveal that group members repeatedly characterized their leaders as more than peers.’
    • ‘When teachers decenter their authority in multicultural classrooms, they give students greater responsibility for their own learning.’
    • ‘A snow-scape in almost permanent semi-opalescent darkness decentres the authority of vision and brings into the foreground the sonic environment.’
    1. 1.1Remove or displace (the individual human subject, such as the author of a text) from a primary place or central role.
      ‘for decades, poststructuralists decentered the author as the originating source of meaning for the literary work’
      • ‘Despite many contemporary (and to my mind not at all nutty) attempts to decentre the author, in a book like this you can't escape the totalitarian presence (in what I've written above, I too have not succeeded).’
      • ‘The double meaning of language obliges the patient to decentre himself, to differentiate himself from the object; for the patient thinks he has heard one thing and then realises that the analyst has been saying something different.’
      • ‘The trip to Lublin has decentered the American from his role as spectator into the role of participant in the multi-voiced dialogue of the journey.’
      • ‘Postmodernism's lack of explicit political content, however, remains for me problematic, as does its decentering of the subject and its approach to political action.’
      • ‘A post-structuralist destabilizing or decentring of the self is not the same thing as doing away with the notion of the self.’



/ˌdēˈsen(t)ər/ /ˌdiˈsɛn(t)ər/