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 His surprise Super Bowl ad highlighting criminal-justice reform in an emotional, personal way unsettled Democratic operatives, portending an electoral play for not only African-Americans but also disaffected suburbanites. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Hey Democrats, Ya Got Trouble," 5 Feb. 2020 By moving the event’s focus to issues, rather than putting on a show featuring celebrities and politicians, officials hope to rebuild relationships with disaffected activists and groups that in recent years have cut ties with the organization. Washington Post, "Women’s March protests set for Saturday as organizers pledge it’s only the beginning," 18 Jan. 2020 Cramer's book, published in mid-2016, looks at the role disaffected rural voters had in Wisconsin's shift to the right after the Great Recession — a shift that some believe contributed to Donald Trump's winning the state in 2016. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Irresistible': Everything we know so far about Jon Stewart's political comedy set in purple-state Wisconsin," 23 Jan. 2020 Until that moment, everyone simply must calm down about the mythological threat of disaffected Democratic voters who, having been left too jaded by the primary process, cannot bring themselves to vote for a nominee that’s not their favorite. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "Let Them Fight!," 16 Jan. 2020 Its main characters, Gilles (Cyprien Fouquet) and Christine (Virginie Ledoyen), are disaffected and drifting but perhaps no more so than many other teenagers. Mark Olsen, latimes.com, "Olivier Assayas revisits an early work and his own adolescence with 'Cold Water'," 21 May 2018 Who wore the disaffected smirk of absolute power better? Kat Bein, Billboard, "The Year in Diplo Photos," 30 Dec. 2019 Get our daily newsletter In the prologue Niza Jashi, a disaffected 32-year-old professor who has left Georgia for Berlin to escape her family’s terrible history, is suddenly forced to reckon with it. The Economist, "A saga of chocolate and upheaval in the Caucasus," 21 Nov. 2019 Reynolds plays a disaffected tech billionaire who decides he's had enough of evil in the world. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Chocobo Racing," 21 Dec. 2019

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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 24 Feb. 2020.

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

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