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 defamiliarize (audio) \ noun

Examples of defamiliarize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And these fragments, when examined closely, defamiliarize ordinary consensus reality in a manner different from that of hypnagogia. Michael W. Clune, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Mar. 2022 The newness of the technology alters each new disaster just enough to defamiliarize the situation and to allow people to forget striking similarities with the past. Mar Hicks, Wired, 14 Oct. 2021

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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 15 Aug. 2022.

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