- the act of alienating, or of causing someone to become indifferent or hostile: The advocacy group fights against prejudice and social alienation of immigrants.
- the state of being alienated, withdrawn, or isolated from the objective world, as through indifference or disaffection: the group's alienation from mainstream society.
- the act of turning away, transferring, or diverting: the alienation of land and resources from African peoples.
- Law. a transfer of the title to property by one person to another; conveyance.
- Statistics. the lack of correlation in the variation of two measurable variates over a population.
Origin of alienation
Related Words for alienationestrangement, indifference, separation, disaffection, division, divorce, coolness, breach, withdrawal, variance, rupture, remoteness, diverting
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Contemporary Examples of alienation
Poverty, alienation, estrangement, continuously aggravated by racism, overt and institutional.‘Why Have I Lost Control?’: Cory Booker in ’92 on Rodney King Echoes Ferguson
November 26, 2014
But The Dog surpasses simply documenting the alienation endemic in the 21st-century global village.Joseph O'Neill's 'The Dog' Has a Dystopian Dubai as Modernity's Stand-In
September 8, 2014
This kind of thing sits in black American minds and creates a sense of alienation.The True Stereotypes Behind Michael Brown's Death
August 13, 2014
In both book and movie, his sense of alienation is almost palpable, but only the novel supplies explanations.‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ Is a Classic Twice over—as a Movie and a Novel
February 9, 2014
Moreover, the continuing antics of Republicans on Capitol Hill has deepened the alienation of Jewish voters.How the Chuck Hagel Fight Changed the American Jewish Landscape in Washington
J. J. Goldberg
August 20, 2013
Historical Examples of alienation
His widow, in spite of their alienation, mourned long and deeply.Beaux and Belles of England
We read of alienation between Indian Christians and missionaries.Lotus Buds
There was evidence in the legal papers that alienation of these farms was not allowed.
Neither of them took any pains to conceal from others their alienation.Louis XIV., Makers of History Series
John S. C. Abbott
They would, moreover, have prevented the alienation of many of their truest friends.Moon Lore
- a turning away; estrangement
- the state of being an outsider or the feeling of being isolated, as from society
- psychiatry a state in which a person's feelings are inhibited so that eventually both the self and the external world seem unreal
- the transfer of property, as by conveyance or will, into the ownership of another
- the right of an owner to dispose of his property
Word Origin and History for alienation
"transfer of ownership," late 14c., from Old French alienacion and directly from Latin alienationem (nominative alienatio) "a transfer, surrender," noun of action from past participle stem of alienare (see alienate). It also meant "loss or derangement of mental faculties, insanity" (late 15c.), hence alienist. Phrase alienation of affection as a U.S. legal term in divorce cases for "falling in love with someone else" dates to 1861.
- A state of estrangement between the self and the objective world or between different parts of the personality.
A feeling of separation or isolation. In social science, alienation is associated with the problems caused by rapid social change, such as industrialization and urbanization (see Industrial Revolution), which has broken down traditional relationships among individuals and groups and the goods and services they produce.