alienation of affection

Definition of alienation of affection

: the diversion of a person's affection from someone who has certain rights or claims to such affection to a third person who is held to be the instigator or cause of the diversion

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First Known Use of alienation of affection

1647, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alienation of affection was in 1647

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“Alienation of affection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alienation%20of%20affection. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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