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disaffect

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of disaffect

  1. 1 to cause to change from friendly or loving to unfriendly or uncaring a disaffected boyfriend was responsible for the vandalism to her home Synonyms of disaffect alien, alienate, estrange, disgruntle, sourWords Related to disaffect 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 disaffect endear, ingratiate; appease, conciliate, disarm, mollify, pacify, placate, propitiateAntonyms of disaffect reconcile

  2. 2 to make discontented the troops were disaffected by the extension of their tours of duty Synonyms of disaffect discontent, disgruntle, displease, dissatisfyWords Related to disaffect alienate, estrange; aggrieve, agitate, discompose, disquiet, disturb, perturb, upset; annoy, irk, irritate, nettle, peeve; depress, saddenNear Antonyms of disaffect delight, gladden, tickle; calm, soothe, tranquilize (also tranquillize)Antonyms of disaffect content, gratify, please, satisfy

Synonym Discussion of disaffect

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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