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 (ro͞o′tĭj, ro͝ot′ĭj)
1. A system or growth of roots.
2. Origin or establishment: the rootage of a political movement.
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1. a root system or a firm rooting
2. obsolete the action of rooting something out
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(ˈru tɪdʒ, ˈrʊt ɪdʒ)

1. the act of taking root.
2. a root system or firm fixture by means of roots.
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Noun1.rootage - fixedness by or as if by roots; "strengthened by rootage in the firm soil of faith"
fixedness, immobility, stationariness - remaining in place
2.rootage - a developed system of rootsrootage - a developed system of roots    
system, scheme - a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole; "a vast system of production and distribution and consumption keep the country going"
root - (botany) the usually underground organ that lacks buds or leaves or nodes; absorbs water and mineral salts; usually it anchors the plant to the ground
3.rootage - the place where something begins, where it springs into beingrootage - the place where something begins, where it springs into being; "the Italian beginning of the Renaissance"; "Jupiter was the origin of the radiation"; "Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River"; "communism's Russian root"
derivation - the source or origin from which something derives (i.e. comes or issues); "he prefers shoes of Italian derivation"; "music of Turkish derivation"
spring - a point at which water issues forth
headspring, fountainhead, head - the source of water from which a stream arises; "they tracked him back toward the head of the stream"
headwater - the source of a river; "the headwaters of the Nile"
wellhead, wellspring - the source of water for a well
jumping-off place, point of departure - a place from which an enterprise or expedition is launched; "one day when I was at a suitable jumping-off place I decided to see if I could find him"; "my point of departure was San Francisco"
place of origin, provenance, provenience, birthplace, cradle - where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence; "the birthplace of civilization"
home - place where something began and flourished; "the United States is the home of basketball"
point source - a concentrated source (especially of radiation or pollution) that is spatially constricted
trail head, trailhead - the beginning of a trail
point - the precise location of something; a spatially limited location; "she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"
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"lost his rootage in the land." (73) Big-scale human history
Thomas" is the mystical rootage of Aquinas's heart in the presence of the divine Esse.
(37.) See Dale Brown's discussion of the dual rootage of Brettifenism in Pietism and Anabaptism, which provide a useful dialectical tension between spirituality and obedience.--Dale Brown, Another Way of Believing: A Brethren Theology (Elgin, Ill.: Brethren Press, 2005), 18-27.
As Aldo Leopold observed, "[t]he shallow-minded modern who has lost his rootage in the land assumes that he has already discovered what is important." (189) He continued that "all history consists of successive excursions from a single starting-point, to which man returns again and again to organize yet another search for a durable scale of values." (190)
Though modem people take the personal as a given, they are unlikely to acknowledge this theological rootage. Indeed, the dominant narrative since the enlightenment celebrates human emancipation from this tradition, and the default narrative of the rise of modern art similarly echoes this growing estrangement.
(20) Walter Brueggemann comments that these holy years afford "a sharp critique of a) statism which disregards the precious treasure of personal rootage, and b) untrammeled individualism which secures individuals at the expense of the community." (21)
The final die is cast beyond our space and time, beyond empirical observation, beyond all speculation about 'good' or 'bad' deaths, when a person loses his or her rootage in this world and passes into the inexpressible transcendence that surpasses all words, images, and thoughts.
The city's name, it is suggested, is a corruption of Latin and other ancient rootage for "springtime anchorage".
How in each case can the right combination of firm rootage and openness, of concretion and universalism, be found?
The American Founding Fathers are perhaps the most obvious examples of this notion that we can elevate certain virtues as normative, without deep regard either for their dependence upon particular historical communities, or their rootage in particular narrative traditions and religious practices.