alien·​at·​ed | \ ˈā-lē-ə-ˌnā-təd How to pronounce alienated (audio) , ˈāl-yə- \

Definition of alienated

: feeling withdrawn or separated from others or from society as a whole : affected by alienation feeling lonely and alienated … after the success of 1969's "Easy Rider," a paean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 Professors avoid the shopping area so students don't feel alienated. Max Londberg,, "'Shocking' number of Cincinnati area college students skip meals, worry about going hungry," 18 Oct. 2019 On a cursory listen, pop that reached millions of listeners in 2019 still comes across as sparse, insular and alienated. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Pop Music in 2019: An Escape From Isolation?," 25 Dec. 2019 Starring Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, the movie is about an alienated young man, Arthur Fleck, who after suffering one humiliation and defeat after another refashions himself as an outrageous murderer, sending Gotham City into a frenzy. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: Reuniting with ‘Pain and Glory’," 4 Oct. 2019 In that way, this is a novel determined to pay attention to the most alienated, those people discarded in Istanbul’s Cemetery of the Companionless. Ron Charles Critic, Washington Post, "Elif Shafak continues to resist Turkey’s repressive government with brilliant fiction," 25 Sep. 2019 To commit violence requires a sort of alienation, and over the course of the film, Frank becomes alienated in every sense. Jack Hamilton, The Atlantic, "Goodbye to the Goodfellas," 31 Oct. 2019 Gradually their fights draw a crowd of onlookers and the bouts become ritualized, tapping into a subculture of aggressive, alienated men divided by class distinctions. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Fight Club': THR's 1999 Review," 15 Oct. 2019 Or, does the psychological weight of the CEO’s name actually heighten the risk that employees whose values or beliefs are not aligned with those of their CEO (or other co-workers) will feel alienated and or even singled out? Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Apple’s Tim Cook has pushed CEO activism into uncharted territory," 3 Oct. 2019 The city's economy has suffered, and there are no signs that protests will stop anytime soon, as young Hong Kongers in particular become only more alienated from China. James Griffiths, CNN, "As China marks 70 years of the People's Republic, cracks are showing in Xi Jinping's facade," 27 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of alienated

1516, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alienated

from past participle of alienate

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22 Jan 2020

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“Alienated.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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