verb (used with object), al·ien·at·ed, al·ien·at·ing.
- alien and sedition acts,
- alienation of affections,
- alieni generis
Origin of alienate
Examples from the Web for alienate
Do the Republicans want to alienate important constituencies they will need in 2016?Repubs Should Take It From Kucinich: Impeachment Isn’t Worth It|Eleanor Clift|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The President did not want to alienate Southern legislators whose votes he needed on his New Deal legislation.
Further violence and escalation of the events into a civil war would only alienate him from the bulk of the Ukrainian people.
Positioning yourself against President Obama is a good way to alienate the most important constituency in the Democratic Party.
That may work spectacularly well, or it may alienate some users.
This will alienate the majority of the peasants from labor democracy.Our Revolution|Leon Trotzky
And now Levy went further still in his determination to alienate these two hearts.My Novel, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
A sister is a creature whose very property and tendency (qua sister) is to alienate herself, not to gather round your centre.The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey, Vol. 2|Thomas de Quincey
His quarrels do not alienate us, for it is evident that they did not proceed from any malignant passion.Hours in a Library|Leslie Stephen
He lampooned the prince regent, yet he could not alienate the Tories.My Recollections of Lord Byron|Teresa Guiccioli
1540s, "make estranged" (in feelings or affections), from Latin alienatus, past participle of alienare "to make another's, estrange," from alienus "of or belonging to another person or place," from alius "(an)other" (see alias (adv.)). Related: Alienated; alienating.