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  1. discontented and disloyal, as toward the government or toward authority.
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Origin of disaffected

First recorded in 1625–35; disaffect + -ed2
Related formsdis·af·fect·ed·ly, adverbdis·af·fect·ed·ness, noun


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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Related Words for disaffected

rebellious, discontented, dissatisfied, antagonistic, disloyal, hostile, indifferent, mutinous, seditious, unfriendly, uncompliant, unsubmissive

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British Dictionary definitions for disaffected


  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 disaffected


"estranged, hostile," usually in reference to authority, 1630s, past participle adjective from disaffect. Related: Disaffectedly; disaffectedness.

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

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