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de•con•struc•tion



Pronunciation: (dē"kun-struk'shun), [key]
n.
a philosophical and critical movement, starting in the 1960s and esp. applied to the study of literature, that questions all traditional assumptions about the ability of language to represent reality and emphasizes that a text has no stable reference or identification because words essentially only refer to other words and therefore a reader must approach a text by eliminating any metaphysical or ethnocentric assumptions through an active role of defining meaning, sometimes by a reliance on new word construction, etymology, puns, and other word play.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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