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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
1615-25; dis-1 + affect2 Unabridged
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  • 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
  • Be sure that you keep up true conjugal love to one another, and that you grow not to disaffect the persons of each other.

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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