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alien

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of alien

  1. 1 being, relating to, or characteristic of a country other than one's own new immigrants with customs alien to the community where they have settled Synonyms of alien foreign, nonnativeWords Related to alien imported, introduced, naturalized, transplanted; external, international, multiculti, multicultural, multilateral, multinational; foreign-born, nonindigenous; distant, far-off, overseas, remote; bizarre, exotic, outlandish, strangeNear Antonyms of alien endemic, local; aboriginal, indigenousAntonyms of alien domestic, native

  2. 2 not being a vital part of or belonging to something it's completely alien to her nature to wish evil of anyone Synonyms of alien accidental, adventitious, extrinsic, extraneous, external, foreign, supervenientWords Related to alien exterior, outside; immaterial, inapplicable, insignificant, irrelevant; nonessential, unessential, unnecessaryNear Antonyms of alien congenital, deep-seated, inborn, inbred; inside, interior, internal; basic, essential, necessaryAntonyms of alien inherent, innate, intrinsic

Synonym Discussion of alien

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

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of alien

  1. 1 to cause to change from friendly or loving to unfriendly or uncaring such emotional cruelty will rapidly alien any friends you might possibly have left Synonyms of alien estrange, alienate, disaffect, disgruntle, sourWords Related to alien antagonize, embitter, envenom; aggravate, anger, enrage, incense, inflame (also enflame), infuriate, madden, outrage, rankle, rile, roil; break up, dissociate, disunite, divide, separate, sever, split, sunder, uncouple, unlink, unyoke; disappoint, disenchant, disillusion; annoy, bother, bug, chafe, exasperate, gall, grate, irk, irritate, nettle, peeve, pique, rile, vexNear Antonyms of alien endear, ingratiate; appease, conciliate, disarm, mollify, pacify, placate, propitiateAntonyms of alien reconcile

  2. 2 to give over the legal possession or ownership of the couple plans to alien the adjoining house lot to their eldest son Synonyms of alien transfer, alienate, assign, cede, convey, deed, make overWords Related to alien bequeath, hand down, leave, pass (down), will; bestow, commend, commit, confer, contribute, deliver, donate, grant, hand over, move, pass, present, release, relinquish, surrender, transmit, turn in, turn over, vest, yield; consign, entrust (also intrust), trust; lease, lend, let [chiefly British], loan, rentNear Antonyms of alien expropriate


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