- displaying or evincing a feeling of alienation; alienated.
Origin of estranged
- 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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Examples from the Web for estranged
As a soldier returning from Iraq, I felt both welcomed by and estranged from my tribe.Possessed by PTSD, A Veteran Uses Exorcisms to Cast Out His Demons
Brian Van Reet
February 2, 2014
Earl tasks Phil with finding his estranged son, a pickup artist named Frank Mackey (Tom Cruise).Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Best Performances: ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘Capote,’ and More
February 2, 2014
Moses Farrow, now 36, and an accomplished photographer, has been estranged from Mia for several years.The Woody Allen Allegations: Not So Fast
Robert B. Weide
January 27, 2014
Dick Diver begins as the graceful, competent king of the Riviera and ends as a washed-up drunk, estranged from everyone he loves.The 10 Best Books on Literary Drunkenness
December 28, 2013
He was so estranged from his three daughters that it took him several awkward moments to summon their names.The World War I Veteran Who Wasn’t
May 26, 2013
Found all changed and estranged, and, he fancied, more wonder than welcome.Poems
William D. Howells
How talk, for instance, of the world and its pleasures to one who had been estranged from it!Barrington
Charles James Lever
No sooner had I found my brother than I found him estranged from me in a hopeless cause.Kilgorman
Talbot Baines Reed
The evidence of those who have been estranged from the Churches is worth considering.Personality in Literature
Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
What chance was there of reconciliation with his estranged friends?Lord George Bentinck
- separated and living apart from one's spouse
- no longer friendly; alienated
- (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 and History for estranged
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.