alienation

noun
alien·​ation | \ ˌā-lē-ə-ˈnā-shən , 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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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 Still, Esther’s main problem is her sense of alienation—a feeling of being out of place among all the energetic college girls eager to take Manhattan in the early 1950s. Megan Abbott, WSJ, "Five Best: Megan Abbott on Novels About Female Friendship," 9 Aug. 2018 Lum also describes her high school years as a time of alienation. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Actress Awkwafina Brings Her Unbottled Charm to the Silver Screen," 12 July 2018 People familiar with the purple family model tend to view his alienation from his children’s mother as normal and his closeness to his children as exceptional and admirable. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Trump’s sexual misconduct does not embody working class family values.," 2 July 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- \

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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