disaffected

adjective

dis·​af·​fect·​ed ˌdis-ə-ˈfek-təd How to pronounce disaffected (audio)
: 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 The key then for Democrats is to more effectively reach disaffected and disengaged voters. Darrell Smith, Sacramento Bee, 5 Mar. 2024 When Nixon took office in 1969, the antiwar movement led by students and disaffected veterans had created the political imperative to find a way out of Vietnam. Andrew J. Nathan, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Emma Watson's disaffected delivery of this line accurately sums up the fame-hungry teens centered in The Bling Ring, which is based on real events. Dennis Perkins, EW.com, 10 Nov. 2023 The president and his team promised to end the United States’ forever wars and make the country’s international engagements serve the needs of a disaffected public. Stephen Wertheim, Foreign Affairs, 14 Feb. 2024 But the vice president was also speaking to disaffected voters in the United States, especially the young voters and people of color who helped propel President Biden to the White House in 2020. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, 5 Dec. 2023 The disaffected catharsis Americans feel entitled to in their scant free time is scored by Black sound, the acoustics of Black suffering transmuted into entertainment, spectacle. Harmony Holiday, Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2023 The 2024 election could be determined by the candidate who is able to garner the support of independent voters, a task that has become increasingly complicated as the crucial voting bloc becomes more disaffected with both Republicans and Democrats. Cami Mondeaux, Washington Examiner, 6 Nov. 2023 Sorry to say it, but the disaffected Gen Xers of the 1990s are the very affected Gen Xers of the 2020s. Michael Schneider, Variety, 11 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1602, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disaffected was in 1602

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“Disaffected.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disaffected. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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