disassimilate

Related to disassimilate: assimilate

disassimilate

(ˌdɪsəˈsɪmɪˌleɪt)
vb (tr)
to break down (a complex molecule or substance) into simple ones through catabolism
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He seems to have felt that the good days of the New Left had ended fairly early, perhaps by 1966 or 1967 His book includes example after example of gods that failed, American icons from which the author needed to disassimilate. But he remained ever loyal to his father during the latter's lifetime, and after his death in 1976 he tried even harder to bind his father to him, as if discontinuity were the worst possible fate.
Read as an inversion of Montaigne's essay "Of the Caniballes," the play "defamliarises (or disassimilates) the epic ethos, infusing it with a 'cannibalism' which is seen as 'savage strangeness'" (2.3.128) (76).