indifferent or hostile: A year after the floods, the failure of the promised rehabilitation package has fed an already alienated populace's sense of hurt and anger towards the government.
withdrawn or isolated from the objective world: Albert Camus's novel The Stranger is the story of an alienated, unfeeling man who kills someone for no reason and dies without remorse.
turned away from its original purpose or course; transferred or diverted: The investment firm, which misappropriated millions of dollars committed to it, was required to restore the alienated funds to the plaintiff.
Law. (of property, title, rights, etc.) transferred or conveyed to another: Much reservation territory is now owned and controlled by non-Indigenous people, depriving Indigenous nations of billions of dollars in potential income from these alienated lands.
the simple past tense and past participle of alienate.
- un·al·ien·at·ed, adjective
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How to use alienated in a sentence
All in all, this was an extremely strange, even alienating finale.Supernatural’s bonkers series finale marked the end of an era of fandom | Aja Romano | November 20, 2020 | Vox
It was a clearly Islamophobic move aimed at further alienating India’s Muslims and the protets were intended to draw attention to that.Podcast: How a 135-year-old law lets India shutdown the internet | Anthony Green | September 2, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
The latter risks turning off voters generally if seen as too permissive, but also could alienate progressives if it’s not seen as sympathetic enough, according to the note.JPMorgan says investors should prepare for rising odds of a Trump 2020 win | Claire Zillman, reporter | September 1, 2020 | Fortune
The result is pockets of hyperspecialization, he says, where scientists are siloed in their disciplines and alienated from the public and even each other.Why scientific papers are growing increasingly inscrutable | Hannah Seo | August 25, 2020 | Popular-Science
In a bid for survival, they could go the World Health Organization route and embrace China, but that would alienate second-tier powers such as Germany, France India and Japan.
The trouble was, he alienated Pope Pius VI and Pius VII—the latter he actually arrested.
And the geek, Lionel (Tyler James Williams), is a closeted gay who finds himself alienated by blacks and whites.‘Dear White People’: How An Ex-Publicist’s Twitter Became One of the Year’s Most Important Films | Marlow Stern | October 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I knew that there was a God, but I was alienated by organized religion, especially the guilt part of it.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More | Gary Wright | September 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As pollster John Zogby has written, the president has already alienated many young voters for a number of reasons.
The senator has alienated many Tea Partiers and has yet to reach out to bridge the gap, Hofstra said.Will Tea Partiers Sink Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky Senate Reelection Bid? | Ben Jacobs | August 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
His intemperance alienated him from his father, and he died in prison under sentence of death.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
And he would not receive them, but broke all the covenant that he had made with him before, and alienated himself from him.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
By this time Marius had in addition, to a great extent, alienated the lower classes of the Roman citizens.The Two Great Republics: Rome and the United States | James Hamilton Lewis
At length, when the grumbling of the poor had already gone too far, he readjusted the taxes, and thus alienated the rich also.Florence and Northern Tuscany with Genoa | Edward Hutton
Little by little they have been alienated from the institutions of the Republic.The Blot on the Kaiser's 'Scutcheon | Newell Dwight Hillis