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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:  to cause to be withdrawn or diverted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

Synonym Discussion of ALIENATE

estrange, alienate, disaffect mean to cause one to break a bond of affection or loyalty. estrange implies the development of indifference or hostility with consequent separation or divorcement <his estranged wife>. alienate may or may not suggest separation but always implies loss of affection or interest <managed to alienate all his coworkers>. disaffect refers especially to those from whom loyalty is expected and stresses the effects (as rebellion or discontent) of alienation without actual separation <troops disaffected by hunger>.

Other Psychology Terms

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

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ALIENATE Defined for Kids

alienate

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

Definition of ALIENATE for Kids

:  to cause (a person who used to be friendly or loyal) to become unfriendly or disloyal <She alienated most of her friends with her bad temper.>
Medical Dictionary

alienate

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

Medical Definition of ALIENATE

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

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