dis·​af·​fect·​ed | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈfek-təd How to pronounce disaffected (audio) \

Definition of disaffected

: discontented and resentful especially against authority : rebellious disaffected youth

Examples of disaffected in a Sentence

The troops had become disaffected. Both political parties are looking for ways to regain the trust of disaffected voters.
Recent Examples on the Web Smith says the threat to Manchin is compounded by the number of West Virginians who feel disaffected from both parties. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Inside the West Virginian Movement to Push Joe Manchin to the Left," 5 Feb. 2021 For experts who study the far right, this wide swath of disaffected citizens embracing conspiracy theories peddled by the president or right wing media or social media portends trouble. Zoe Greenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s presidency is ending, but his increasingly violent base will remain," 11 Jan. 2021 The substantial bloc of disaffected Republicans who voted for Biden but supported Republicans down-ballot are his target. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Top House conservative plots post-Trump GOP," 19 Nov. 2020 Appearing as a series of (often inconvenient) visions amid V's everyday life, Reeves plays Silverhand with his usual disaffected, woodenly unemotional style. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Cyberpunk 2077 is equal parts beautiful and messy," 7 Dec. 2020 In June, the organization responded to pressure from disaffected members by committing to developing action plans to address inequities in the profession. New York Times, "Is American Dietetics a White-Bread World? These Dietitians Think So," 7 Dec. 2020 In a new world of consumerism and fast-growing suburbs, cool evolved into a shorthand for disaffected rebellion, especially among teens—the image of cool that lasted for decades. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "What cool means today," 22 Nov. 2020 Some of the most popular blogs are those created not by disaffected outlaws, but by slumming professionals who apparently think that writing for big-time journals and bloviating on 24-hour cable is insufficient exposure for their views. Steven Levy, Wired, "The Tenuous Promise of the Substack Dream," 20 Nov. 2020 But disaffected members won’t stand for the church’s direction. Rafael Olmeda, sun-sentinel.com, "The Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant may be no more. But the church battle has just begun.," 15 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of disaffected

1602, in the meaning defined above

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“Disaffected.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disaffected. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of disaffected

formal : no longer happy and willing to support a leader, government, etc.

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