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verb (used with object)
  1. 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


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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.

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    Miriam Coles Harris

British Dictionary definitions for disaffect


  1. (tr; often passive) to cause to lose loyalty or affection; alienate
Derived Formsdisaffectedly, adverbdisaffectedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for disaffect


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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