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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.
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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.

    Richard Vandermarck

    Miriam Coles Harris

British Dictionary definitions for disaffect


  1. (tr; often passive) to cause to lose loyalty or affection; alienate
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Derived Formsdisaffectedly, adverbdisaffectedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for disaffect


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

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