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: feeling withdrawn or separated from others or from society as a whole : affected by alienation feeling lonely and alienated … after the success of 1969's "Easy Rider," a paean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

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Palmer, an African-American Jew, hopes the event will help communal leaders make sure Jews of color don’t feel alienated. Josefin Dolsten,, "Jews of color are chronically undercounted, researchers find," 5 June 2019 How did people become so alienated from their government? Sean Illing, Vox, "Why so many people who need the government hate it," 17 Aug. 2018 The foreign-policy establishment across both parties supported an ambitious global agenda, but increasingly alienated populists preferred to pull back. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Trump’s Populist Schism Over Syria," 23 Dec. 2018 Platforms like Donald Daters make sense in coastal cities like New York and Los Angeles, where a majority of voters lean blue and where, as a result, conservatives may feel alienated. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "“For conservatives, by conservatives”: the rise of right-wing dating apps," 26 Dec. 2018 On the flipside, there are those who enjoy taking the bus but feel alienated for doing so. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "As bus ridership continues to decrease, cities are turning to creative alternatives.," 5 Nov. 2018 Both parties are radicalizing and leaving a growing majority of Americans feeling alienated. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "No, free market conservatives are not becoming Dems," 31 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of alienated

1516, in the meaning defined above

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