- 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 Wordsseparation, hostility, disunity, schism, alienation, disaffection, division, withholding, divorce, withdrawal, leave, split, breach, removal, parting, leaving, disassociation, antagonization
Examples from the Web for estrangement
Poverty, alienation, estrangement, continuously aggravated by racism, overt and institutional.‘Why Have I Lost Control?’: Cory Booker in ’92 on Rodney King Echoes Ferguson
November 26, 2014
Those views contribute to a sense of estrangement Muslims feel from the rest of British society.It'll Take More Than Bombs to Stop ISIS
September 2, 2014
The estrangement, as emotional as it is physical, will be 21 years old in August.Life as an Undocumented Immigrant
Jose Antonio Vargas
April 28, 2014
So where exactly is the line that a family member must cross for estrangement to be justified and furthermore not stigmatized?Should You Divorce Your Family After the Holidays?
January 2, 2014
Her departure from her kids when they were young was like a severing of relations, an estrangement that has not eased to this day.‘The Distance Between Us’ by Reyna Grande
September 23, 2012
As if the estrangement between them had come of any culpability of hers.A Tale of Two Cities
Everything that I have heard of her prophesies this estrangement.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
And this was the reason that we parted—this the sole cause of our estrangement?Masterpieces of Mystery
At all events, it led to a sort of estrangement between us,—the only one of our lives.Barrington
Charles James Lever
Estrangement from the land of his birth set in when he left the monastery of Steyn.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
- (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 estrangement
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.