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alienate

verb alien·ate \ˈā-lē-ə-ˌnāt, ˈāl-yə-\

: to make (someone) unfriendly : to cause (someone) to stop being friendly, helpful, etc., towards you

: to cause (someone) to feel that she or he no longer belongs in a particular group, society, etc.

alien·at·edalien·at·ing

Full Definition of ALIENATE

transitive verb
1
:  to make unfriendly, hostile, or indifferent especially where attachment formerly existed
2
:  to convey or transfer (as property or a right) usually by a specific act rather than the due course of law
3
:  to cause to be withdrawn or diverted
alien·ator \-ˌnā-tər\ noun

Examples of ALIENATE

  1. He alienated most of his colleagues with his bad temper.
  2. Her position on this issue has alienated many former supporters.

First Known Use of ALIENATE

circa 1509

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal

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alienate

transitive verb alien·ate \ˈā-lē-ə-ˌnāt, ˈāl-yə-\   (Medical Dictionary)
alien·at·edalien·at·ing

Medical Definition of ALIENATE

:  to make unfriendly, hostile, or indifferent where attachment formerly existed

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