discontented and disloyal, as toward the government or toward authority.

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)

to alienate the affection, sympathy, or support of; make discontented or disloyal: The dictator's policies had soon disaffected the people.

Origin of disaffect

First recorded in 1615–25; dis-1 + affect2

Synonyms for disaffect

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(tr; often passive) to cause to lose loyalty or affection; alienate
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.



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

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