disaffect

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verb dis·af·fect \ˌdis-ə-ˈfekt\

Definition of disaffect

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to alienate the affection or loyalty of; also :  to fill with discontent and unrest

disaffection

play \-ˈfek-shən\ noun

Examples of disaffect in a Sentence

  1. a disaffected boyfriend was responsible for the vandalism to her home

  2. the troops were disaffected by the extension of their tours of duty

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First Known Use of disaffect

1635

Synonym Discussion of disaffect

estrange, alienate, disaffect mean to cause one to break a bond of affection or loyalty. estrange implies the development of indifference or hostility with consequent separation or divorcement. his estranged wife alienate may or may not suggest separation but always implies loss of affection or interest. managed to alienate all his coworkers disaffect refers especially to those from whom loyalty is expected and stresses the effects (such as rebellion or discontent) of alienation without actual separation. troops disaffected by hunger


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