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alien

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1 being, relating to, or characteristic of a country other than oneʼs own

  • they were careful to learn of any alien business customs before trying to expand overseas
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2 not being a vital part of or belonging to something

  • itʼs completely alien to her nature to wish evil of anyone
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extrinsic, extraneous, foreign, alien mean external to a thing, its essential nature, or its original character. extrinsic applies to what is distinctly outside the thing in question or is not contained in or derived from its essential nature.
    • sentimental value that is extrinsic to the house's market value
extraneous applies to what is on or comes from the outside and may or may not be capable of becoming an essential part.
    • arguments extraneous to the issue
foreign applies to what is so different as to be rejected or repelled or to be incapable of becoming assimilated.
    • techniques foreign to French cuisine
alien is stronger than foreign in suggesting opposition, repugnance, or irreconcilability.
    • a practice totally alien to her nature

alien

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1 to cause to change from friendly or loving to unfriendly or uncaring

  • such angry outbursts will rapidly alien any friends you might possibly have left
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2 to give over the legal possession or ownership of

  • the couple plans to alien the adjoining house lot to their eldest son
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dispose of

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