- discontented and disloyal, as toward the government or toward authority.
Origin of disaffected
- to alienate the affection, sympathy, or support of; make discontented or disloyal: The dictator's policies had soon disaffected the people.
Origin of disaffect
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Examples from the Web for disaffected
It rapidly incorporated military equipment and skills from disaffected units of the Iraqi army.How a Real Air War Could Demolish ISIS
August 23, 2014
But Patterson said that at the moment he is not directly appealing to disaffected Tea Partiers.Will Tea Partiers Sink Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky Senate Reelection Bid?
August 4, 2014
And their message was one tailored to the disaffected young descendants of Muslim immigrants in Europe.ISIS’s Black Flags Are Flying in Europe
Nadette De Visser
July 28, 2014
It was illegal to hold political protests in Poland in 1989, so 10,000 disaffected students got together in fancy dress.Why the Left Protests Better: A History of ‘Disobedient Objects’
July 28, 2014
There is an army of the disaffected who might just be willing to listen to the Republicans if the offer were right.Cleveland, LeBron James, and the 2016 Republican Convention
July 14, 2014
It has been said, it seems, that I not only belong to, but head a disaffected party in this town.The Letters of Robert Burns
She had to answer, she knew now, unless she was to dismiss him, disaffected.The Prisoner
Probably the Irishmen were disaffected; for many of them joined the enemy.William Pitt and the Great War
John Holland Rose
At bottom these disaffected minds have too much misplaced self-respect.The Simple Life
The war continues to be carried on solely in the disaffected region.
- (tr; often passive) to cause to lose loyalty or affection; alienate
Word Origin and History for disaffected
"estranged, hostile," usually in reference to authority, 1630s, past participle adjective from disaffect. Related: Disaffectedly; disaffectedness.