Definition of denaturalize in English:


(British denaturalise)


[with object]
  • 1Make (something) unnatural.

    ‘punning denaturalizes representation’
    • ‘In these texts, confrontations between human and other are ripe with possibilities for denaturalizing the boundaries and allegiances which infuse traditional depictions of the human/non-human dichotomy.’
    • ‘Rankine strips her subject of all sentimentality, denaturalizing the notion of familial, ‘unslakable resemblance.’’
    • ‘Hill, accordingly, denaturalizes the figurines through humor and photographic manipulation - in effect remaking the toys as the extra-terrestrials he imagined them to be.’
    • ‘In contemporary suburban life, the overtly denaturalized mall offers the gadgets that are of the cultural realm, while the parks and sanctuaries are supposed to offer ‘raw’ nature.’
    • ‘Larry Yachimec, in a Sterling award nominated turn, embodies the odd, denaturalized gallic intensity of this play.’
    • ‘‘Lynch's art is the art of removing the blockage to large truths by deglamorizing and denaturalizing our priorities of remaining in control’.’
    • ‘Feminist disability theory is about denaturalizing disability, she said.’
    • ‘By figuratively occupying the position of the canonical American author, he denaturalizes associations of ‘whiteness’ with universal notions of literary authority and value.’
    • ‘In other words, the natural world becomes visible only to the extent that it has been colored; that is, troped by our desire, which denaturalizes it, turns it into the trope through which it signifies itself.’
    • ‘A semiotic slant denaturalizes the canonical status of a work by acknowledging the contingent relationship between the perceived value of the work when it was created and the values of the interpreting culture.’
    • ‘It is obvious that, in their hunger for the immediate, astonishing and ugly, her square photographs wildly inverted the polished, denaturalized forms prized by the industry she had worked in with her husband.’
    • ‘The paradox at the heart of modern adoption is that it both naturalized and denaturalized kinship.’
    • ‘Experts had to denaturalize kinship and make it artificial in order to design it scientifically, but they had to hold their designs up to the mirror of nature to legitimize them culturally.’
    • ‘But biotechnology craves to subdue this creativity, to rob nature of its own nature, to denaturalize and dispirit it.’
    • ‘The body as a battlefield is a well-used topos of cancer and AIDS narratives: armies of white cells marching on the denaturalized enemy.’
  • 2Deprive (someone) of citizenship of a country.

    • ‘And while there are undoubtedly organizations that hate the U.S. and mean harm to Americans, there is no legal basis for denaturalizing Americans merely because they're accused of belonging to such groups.’
    • ‘McCarran recommended the deployment of the McCarran-Walter Act of 1952, which deported and denaturalized migrant workers whose leaders were found guilty of so-called subversive activities.’
    • ‘He can also be denaturalised if the Home Secretary considers that ‘it is not conducive to the public good that the person should continue to be a citizen of the UK’.’
    • ‘As long as he served as an armed guard in the camp and lied about it on his visa application, the court determined, he could be denaturalized.’
    • ‘In a briefing with the Sunday Herald, the Home Office said it was to begin investigating the possibility of denaturalising and deporting him.’