Howard Kurtz on the long paper trail that could alienate moderate swing-state voters just getting to know Paul Ryan.
The outgoing White House economic adviser can alienate a room in record time.
To compound this problem, merchants can alienate their existing customers by offering coupons.
They cannot afford to alienate the fastest-growing communities of color in the USA.
Similarly, his opposition to abortion—even in cases of rape—may alienate some voters, especially in a general election.
This tends to alienate public sympathy, and to forfeit the aid which sympathy insures.
Had anything occurred that was likely to alienate her from her family?
These are rights which no human being can alienate to the state.
Great efforts were then made to alienate Henry from his faithful minister.
Nothing but his free and formal promise, obtained in return for favours received, can alienate that right.
1540s, "make estranged" (in feelings or affections), from Latin alienatus, past participle of alienare "to make another's, estrange," from alienus "of or belonging to another person or place," from alius "(an)other" (see alias (adv.)). Related: Alienated; alienating.