alienate

[eyl-yuh-neyt, ey-lee-uh-]
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verb (used with object), al·ien·at·ed, al·ien·at·ing.
  1. to make indifferent or hostile: By refusing to get a job, he has alienated his entire family.
  2. to cause to be withdrawn or isolated from the objective world: Bullying alienates already shy students from their classmates.
  3. to turn away; transfer or divert: to alienate funds from their intended purpose.
  4. Law. to transfer or convey, as title, property, or other right, to another: to alienate lands.

Origin of alienate

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin aliēnātus (past participle of aliēnāre), equivalent to aliēn(us) alien + -ātus -ate1
Related formsal·ien·a·tor, nounnon·al·ien·at·ing, adjectivere·al·ien·ate, verb (used with object), re·al·ien·at·ed, re·al·ien·at·ing.un·al·ien·at·ed, adjectiveun·al·ien·at·ing, adjective

Synonyms for alienate

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1. See estrange.
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Related Words for alienated

disaffected, alone

Examples from the Web for alienated

Contemporary Examples of alienated

Historical Examples of alienated

  • I know not any of the number to be alienated from the true faith.

  • Little by little they have been alienated from the institutions of the Republic.

  • One after another he had alienated or betrayed every commander under whom he had served.

    Under Fire

    Charles King

  • She was helplessly conscious of the result: her husband was alienated from her.

    Romola

    George Eliot

  • This alienated first all competent judges, and at last the masses.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner


British Dictionary definitions for alienated

alienate

verb (tr)
  1. to cause (a friend, sympathizer, etc) to become indifferent, unfriendly, or hostile; estrange
  2. to turn away; divertto alienate the affections of a person
  3. law to transfer the ownership of (property, title, etc) to another person
Derived Formsalienator, noun
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Word Origin and History for alienated

alienate

v.

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.

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