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alienate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of alienate

  1. 1 to cause to change from friendly or loving to unfriendly or uncaring his heartless treatment of their mother during the divorce proceeding has completely alienated the two children Synonyms of alienate alien, estrange, disaffect, disgruntle, sourWords Related to alienate 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 alienate endear, ingratiate; appease, conciliate, disarm, mollify, pacify, placate, propitiateAntonyms of alienate reconcile

  2. 2 to give over the legal possession or ownership of a landowner has a right to alienate his right of ownership—in other words, he can sell the land if he wants to Synonyms of alienate alien, transfer, assign, cede, convey, deed, make overWords Related to alienate 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 alienate expropriate

Synonym Discussion of alienate

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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