disaffected

adjective
dis·​af·​fect·​ed

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.

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That group was performing at a club in Columbus, Ohio, on Dec. 8, 2004, when a disaffected 25-year-old fan barged onstage with a handgun. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Vinnie Paul, hard-hitting drummer for heavy metal band Pantera, dies at 54," 23 June 2018 These questions are unpacked with jazzy and disaffected flair, reminiscent of Eve Babitz, Patricia Lockwood, and Lorrie Moore — but bitchier. Vox Staff, Vox, "The most thought-provoking books the Vox staff read in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Some, including Somalia’s leaders, see increasing access to education as a way to address disaffected youth’s frustrations with the status quo and steer them away from armed groups like al-Shabab. Beth Maclin, Washington Post, "How educational programs in Africa can help counter violent extremism," 17 May 2018 The difficult conditions have created a seemingly endless pool of disaffected youth ready to square off against the Israeli snipers over the border. Fox News, "With little to lose, Gaza's men drawn to border protests," 16 May 2018 In many liberal democracies, right-wing politicians have made common cause with disaffected portions of the working and middle classes. Peter Berkowitz, WSJ, "Conservatism and Populism Go Back Centuries," 6 Nov. 2018 Of particular worry were the group's burgeoning recruitment tactics that used glitzy videos and other online propaganda to radicalize young, disaffected Americans. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "Terrorism defendant avoids jail for logging into dating apps without court approval," 30 May 2018 Ana Lily Amirpour’s stylish black-and-white Farsi-language vampire film feels like a lost 1980s Jim Jarmusch project, thanks to its languid, sleepy 1950s vibe and unending sense of bored, disaffected cool. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The new horror film canon (and where to stream it)," 1 Nov. 2018 The waves of firings spawned a legion of disaffected former employees who congregate online to air their grievances and swap stories. Gerrit De Vynck, The Seattle Times, "‘Pit-bull’ lawyer suing IBM for age discrimination," 17 Sep. 2018

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1602, in the meaning defined above

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disaffected

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of disaffected

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

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