estranged

adjective

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

Examples of estranged in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Prosecutors say Dulos' estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, killed her at her home in New Canaan and drove off with her body, which has never been found. CBS News, 31 May 2024 In the tense moments of a rom-com, the estranged couple will glance mournfully at each other at inopportune times—sometimes until the distracted Brad Pitt character gets hit by a car. Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez, Fortune, 30 May 2024 According to Palm Beach County court documents obtained by the Belfast Telegraph, the pro golfer served his estranged wife at their family home in Jupiter, Florida, on the morning of May 13. Madeleine Marr, Miami Herald, 30 May 2024 Matthew Moore was Amy Moore’s estranged husband, WEEK reported. Mitchell Willetts, Kansas City Star, 30 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for estranged 

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Word History

First Known Use

1538, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of estranged was in 1538

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“Estranged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/estranged. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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