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[dis-uh-fekt] /ˌdɪs əˈfɛkt/
verb (used with object)
to alienate the affection, sympathy, or support of; make discontented or disloyal:
The dictator's policies had soon disaffected the people.
Origin of disaffect
First recorded in 1615-25; dis-1 + affect2 Unabridged
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  • Be sure that you keep up true conjugal love to one another, and that you grow not to disaffect the persons of each other.

  • And these first glimpses of the happy lives of others seemed to disaffect me more than ever with my own.

    Richard Vandermarck

    Miriam Coles Harris
British Dictionary definitions for disaffect


(transitive; often passive) to cause to lose loyalty or affection; alienate
Derived Forms
disaffectedly, adverb
disaffectedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for disaffect

1610s, from dis- + affect (v.1). Related: Disaffected; disaffecting.

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