alien·​at·​ed ˈā-lē-ə-ˌnā-təd How to pronounce alienated (audio)
: feeling withdrawn or separated from others or from society as a whole : affected by alienation
feeling lonely and alienated
… after the success of 1969's "Easy Rider," a paean to the alienated youth of the hippie generation …Lisa Stein

Examples of alienated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anything Maximus has to say to them about the star people would at best inspire gentle concern, if not outright teasing, that would leave him feeling even more alienated. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 23 Aug. 2023 And also probably felt alienated and felt old, to be honest. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, 6 June 2023 Many of these patients suffer from a loss of identity and sense of helplessness and feel alienated from the world. Fortune Well, 3 Mar. 2023 This has endeared him to a certain portion of Americans and largely alienated everyone else. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 4 Aug. 2023 Interviews with former and current political allies depict her as someone who had grown alienated from Democratic Party officials and ideals. David Perlmutt, New York Times, 31 July 2023 Even before Musk took over Twitter and alienated advertisers, the platform represented a tiny piece of the ad sales market compared to Meta’s properties. Clare Duffy, CNN, 19 July 2023 Lead character Alice Chandler, a writer in contemporary America, feels increasingly alienated by her own era. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, 13 July 2023 The candidates’ posture risks alienating young voters who have already become increasingly alienated from the Republican Party. Jeff Stein, Anchorage Daily News, 23 July 2023 See More

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Word History


from past participle of alienate

First Known Use

1516, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alienated was in 1516

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“Alienated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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