defamiliarize

verb
de·​fa·​mil·​iar·​ize | \ (ˌ)dē-fə-ˈmil-yə-ˌrīz How to pronounce defamiliarize (audio) \
defamiliarized; defamiliarizing; defamiliarizes

Definition of defamiliarize

transitive verb

: to present or render in an unfamiliar artistic form usually to stimulate fresh perception

Other Words from defamiliarize

defamiliarization \ (ˌ)dē-​fə-​ˌmil-​yə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce defamiliarization (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of defamiliarize

1965, in the meaning defined above

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“Defamiliarize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/defamiliarize. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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