disaffect

verb dis·af·fect \ ˌdis-ə-ˈfekt \
|Updated on: 16 Jul 2018

Definition of disaffect

: to alienate the affection or loyalty of; also : to fill with discontent and unrest

disaffection

play \-ˈfek-shən\ noun

Examples of disaffect in a Sentence

  1. the troops were disaffected by the extension of their tours of duty

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First Known Use of disaffect

1641

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Synonym Discussion of disaffect

estrange, alienate, disaffect mean to cause one to break a bond of affection or loyalty. estrange implies the development of indifference or hostility with consequent separation or divorcement.
    • his estranged wife
alienate may or may not suggest separation but always implies loss of affection or interest.
    • managed to alienate all his coworkers
disaffect refers especially to those from whom loyalty is expected and stresses the effects (such as rebellion or discontent) of alienation without actual separation.
    • troops disaffected by hunger


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