- to turn away in feeling or affection; make unfriendly or hostile; alienate the affections of: Their quarrel estranged the two friends.
- to remove to or keep at a distance: The necessity for traveling on business has estranged him from his family.
- to divert from the original use or possessor.
Origin of estrange
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Related Words for estrangedivorce, alienate, leave, divide, separate, wean, sunder, withhold, alien, disaffect, part, antagonize, split, withdraw, disunite, divert, sever, disunify
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Historical Examples of estrange
A man must estrange himself from the world, which is sorrow.The Soul of a People
I do not think that my temper, bad as it may be,—nor your own,—would have sufficed to estrange you.Kept in the Dark
What has happened to estrange you two, who have been chums for so many years?Marjorie Dean
It will raise ill-blood between them, and estrange our families.The Red Man's Revenge
Charity may corrupt, correction may harden and estrange,—in the family they do neither.The Battle with the Slum
Jacob A. Riis.
- (usually passive often foll by from) to separate and live apart from (one's spouse)he is estranged from his wife
- (usually passive often foll by from) to antagonize or lose the affection of (someone previously friendly); alienate
Word Origin for estrange
late 15c., from Middle French estrangier "to alienate," from Vulgar Latin *extraneare "to treat as a stranger," from Latin extraneus "foreign" (see strange). Related: Estranged.