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[eyl-yuh-neyt, ey-lee-uh-] /ˈeɪl yəˌneɪt, ˈeɪ li ə-/
verb (used with object), alienated, alienating.
to make indifferent or hostile:
By refusing to get a job, he has alienated his entire family.
to cause to be withdrawn or isolated from the objective world:
Bullying alienates already shy students from their classmates.
to turn away; transfer or divert:
to alienate funds from their intended purpose.
Law. to transfer or convey, as title, property, or other right, to another:
to alienate lands.
Origin of alienate
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin aliēnātus (past participle of aliēnāre), equivalent to aliēn(us) alien + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
alienator, noun
nonalienating, adjective
realienate, verb (used with object), realienated, realienating.
unalienated, adjective
unalienating, adjective
1. See estrange. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for alienated
  • She also sees her estranged father, who alienated himself from his family with his violent temper.
  • Psychology, a science born to heal the ills of alienated urban.
  • Some people will be alienated by who you really are, while others will find you appealing.
  • The answer, it seems, it that people are alienated from an increasingly impersonal health care system.
  • We're in a science literacy crisis because people feel alienated from science.
  • But voters have been alienated even more by the government's handling of the economy.
  • She became touchy and sarcastic, alienated friends and was soon fired from her job.
  • The less connected people are, the more ignorant of and alienated from politics they are likely to be.
  • His experiments have often alienated him from those around him.
  • When people see each other only in silhouette, he said, they feel alienated.
British Dictionary definitions for alienated


/ˈeɪljəˌneɪt; ˈeɪlɪə-/
verb (transitive)
to cause (a friend, sympathizer, etc) to become indifferent, unfriendly, or hostile; estrange
to turn away; divert: to alienate the affections of a person
(law) to transfer the ownership of (property, title, etc) to another person
Derived Forms
alienator, noun
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Word Origin and History for alienated



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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