alien·​at·​ed | \ˈā-lē-ə-ˌnā-təd, 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: feeling withdrawn or separated from others or from society as a whole : affected by alienation feeling lonely and alienated … after the success of 1969's "Easy Rider," a paean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

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Still, as maker culture has surged in popularity among young adults who feel alienated from meaningful work, RadioShack is trying to become the phoenix of DIY consumer electronics—rising from its own ashes to encourage another generation to tinker. Michael J. Mooney, Popular Mechanics, "Is RadioShack Back?," 1 Apr. 2016 In 2004, Lipka was a restive, alienated kid at the University of Kentucky, squandering a soccer scholarship. Gary Thompson,, "The Temple grad who tried - and failed - to mastermind a $20 million art heist," 6 June 2018 With business controlling politics, voters feel alienated. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Mongolian democracy has a familiar ailment, and it’s all about money," 26 June 2018 His appeal to minority voters broadened, especially after his eloquent impromptu eulogy to Dr. King in Indianapolis endowed Kennedy with an exalted status even among the most alienated African-Americans. Ross Baker, Smithsonian, "Why Robert Kennedy Transformed From a Conservative Into a Liberal Champion of Civil Rights," 5 June 2018 But at the same time, Timberlake has increasingly alienated big pockets of his once-mighty fanbase. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Justin Timberlake appears to be on top of the world, so why he is alienating his audience?," 16 May 2018 While few millennials identify as conservative, those of us who do feel alienated and left behind by our party’s refusal to address concerns such as climate and conservation. Danielle Butcher, Vox, "Young conservatives like me care about climate change. The GOP needs to take notice.," 23 May 2018 As a result infighting within the elite is likely to intensify; regional powerbrokers feel increasingly alienated and vulnerable. The Economist, "Fresh challenges for Vladimir Putin in his supposedly final term," 10 May 2018 But the stakes are hardly limited to Iran: the U.S. is currently trying to negotiate nuclear disarmament of North Korea, a new trade deal with China (one of the JCPOA signatories Trump has potentially alienated), and a retooling of NAFTA. Musa Al-gharbi, The New Republic, "How to Torpedo U.S. Credibility," 9 May 2018

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1516, in the meaning defined above

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