es·​tranged | \ i-ˈstrānjd How to pronounce estranged (audio) \

Definition of estranged

: having lost former closeness and affection : in a state of alienation from a previous close or familial relationship her estranged husband [=her husband with whom she no longer lives] Social workers may try to resolve conflicts between estranged siblings.— Jonathan D. Rockoff He had taken out a life insurance policy on his estranged wife just weeks before her murder …— David Fisher … it's kind of shameful to admit your idea of unwinding in front of the TV is watching somebody's entire family get murdered by their greedy, estranged uncle.— Lauren Zupkus

First Known Use of estranged

1538, in the meaning defined above

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“Estranged.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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