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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Bernstein juxtaposes a Street Chorus of disaffected people (the jeans and T-shirt crowd) with a formal chorus in robes and a boys’ choir. New York Times, "Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?," 13 July 2018 The role of family in terrorism It is commonly assumed that those who join extremist groups are struggling with personal crises or are misfits, drifters or disaffected loners. Julie Chernov Hwang, Washington Post, "New research shows why terrorists quit terrorism," 12 July 2018 Criticism of the group as oppressive and misogynistic was promulgated by disaffected former member Adrian J. Reimers, a former Notre Dame adjunct assistant professor of philosophy. Dan Hinkel, chicagotribune.com, "Potential Trump Supreme Court pick Barrett: Catholic Chicago judge stirs abortion debate," 5 July 2018 The story of the internet has always been the same story: disaffected young men thinking their boorish and cruel behavior was justified or permissible. Film Crit Hulk, The Verge, "Don’t feed the trolls, and other hideous lies," 12 July 2018 So, not exactly high times on the open road for the beloved American brand, but the fact that much of its woes stem from Trump, a fellow symbol of the disaffected white working class, seems a touch ironic. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "As Harley Davidson moves some manufacturing overseas, have Trump's trade wars started hitting home?," 26 June 2018 The Republicans who elected Donald Trump, disaffected Democrats and ten key swing states that elected Donald Trump. Fox News, "Hogan Gidley on Macron's 'special relationship' with Trump," 25 Apr. 2018 Or, even better, recruit a replacement workforce from among the Eastern Shore’s disaffected and economically anxious who made this presidency possible. Dan Rodricks, baltimoresun.com, "Real-time buses, asphalt aspirations, unconventional wisdom," 22 June 2018 Despite those obstacles, the opposition saw a glimmer of hope in the president’s thin margin of victory during the referendum, which suggested that some disaffected Erdogan supporters had stayed home. Kareem Fahim, Washington Post, "In Turkey, the opposition finally unites in bid to end Erdogan’s dominance," 14 June 2018

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1602, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of disaffected

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

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