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1 arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness [syn: estrange, alien, disaffect]
2 transfer property or ownership; "The will aliened the property to the heirs" [syn: alien]

User Contributed Dictionary



alienatus, past participle of alienare, from alienus. See alien, and confer aliene.


  • /ˈeɪ.li.ə.neɪt/, /"


  1. Estranged; withdrawn in affection; foreign; with from.
    O alienate from God. John Milton. Paradise Lost line 4643.


  1. A stranger; an alien.


  1. To convey or transfer to another, as title, property, or right; to part voluntarily with ownership of.
  2. To estrange; to withdraw affections or attention; to make indifferent or averse, where love or friendship before subsisted; to wean; with from.
    The errors which... alienated a loyal gentry and priesthood from the House of Stuart. -Macaulay.
    The recollection of his former life is a dream that only the more alienates him from the realities of the present. -I. Taylor.



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alienate p

Extensive Definition

Alienation may refer to:
  • Alienation (property law), the legal transfer of title of ownership to another party
  • "Alienation", the medical term for splitting apart of the faculties of the mind
  • Social alienation, the individual subject's estrangement from its community, society, or world
  • Marx's theory of alienation, the separation of things that naturally belong together, or antagonism between things that are properly in harmony
  • Alienation effect, a theatrical and cinematic device by which the audience is "alienated" from a play or film

See also

alienate in Romanian: Alienare (dezambiguizare)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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