alienation

noun
alien·​ation | \ ˌā-lē-ə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce alienation (audio) , ˌāl-yə-\

Definition of alienation

1 : a withdrawing or separation of a person or a person's affections from an object or position of former attachment : estrangement alienation … from the values of one's society and family— S. L. Halleck
2 : a conveyance of property to another

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Examples of alienation in a Sentence

after years of alienation from her family, she became reconciled with them when her father fell ill

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But as with much other protest music of late, social alienation blurs with preexisting personal demons. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Nine Inch Nails Is Still Pushing the Sound of Catharsis," 22 June 2018 But as positive as online organizing and online communities can be, there is also a sort of alienation that comes with them. Sage Grace Dolan-sandrino, Teen Vogue, "I'm a Trans Student, and the Trump Administration Memo Won't Erase Me," 23 Oct. 2018 Everything else would have meant too narrow and specific an alienation of my existence. Joseph Horowitz, WSJ, "‘Wilhelm Furtwängler’ Review: Apostle of Inwardness," 3 Aug. 2018 At the same time, hopelessness and alienation among some of the kingdom’s young people, driven by high youth unemployment, have provided fertile ground for recruitment by militant groups. Alice Su, The Seattle Times, "Suspects in latest Jordan attack are homegrown militants," 13 Aug. 2018 Similarly, the feelings of abandonment and alienation (from oneself and others), along with a lack of close and stable relationships, may precipitate depression, Perepletchikova says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "13 Facts Everyone Should Know About Borderline Personality Disorder," 5 Dec. 2018 At the same time, hopelessness and alienation among some of the kingdom's young people, driven by high youth unemployment, have provided fertile ground for recruitment by militant groups. Alice Su, Fox News, "Suspects in latest Jordan attack are homegrown militants," 13 Aug. 2018 Social alienation, misconceptions of what the world is like. Eric Johnson, Recode, "‘Eighth Grade’ director Bo Burnham is happy that a lot of people ‘have no idea who I am’," 30 July 2018 That loneliness and alienation is such a theme of Haruki Murakami’s. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Steven Yeun on Burning, The Walking Dead, and changing roles for Asian-Americans," 4 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of alienation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for alienation

see alien entry 1

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alienation

noun
alien·​ation | \ ˌā-lē-ə-ˈnā-shən, ˌāl-yə- How to pronounce alienation (audio) \

Medical Definition of alienation

: a withdrawing or separation of a person or a person's affections from an object or position of former attachment alienation…from the values of one's society and family— S. L. Halleck

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