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alienate

verb

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1 to cause to change from friendly or loving to unfriendly or uncaring
  • her changed position on the issue surprised and alienated many of her supporters

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2 to give over the legal possession or ownership of
  • landowners have a right to alienate their right of ownership—in other words, they can sell the land if they want to

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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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The first known use of alienate was circa 1509

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“Alienate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/alienate. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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