verb dis·af·fect \ˌdis-ə-ˈfekt\

Definition of DISAFFECT

transitive verb
:  to alienate the affection or loyalty of; also :  to fill with discontent and unrest
dis·af·fec·tion \-ˈfek-shən\ noun

Examples of DISAFFECT

  1. <a disaffected boyfriend was responsible for the vandalism to her home>
  2. <the troops were disaffected by the extension of their tours of duty>

First Known Use of DISAFFECT


Synonym Discussion of DISAFFECT

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>.


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