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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to cause to be withdrawn or isolated from the objective world: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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  • I think not; you have blighted her confidence and alienated her affections.

  • I know not any of the number to be alienated from the true faith.

  • To be alienated from him would be the bitterest grief which life could bring.

    Flaming June Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • She was helplessly conscious of the result: her husband was alienated from her.

    Romola George Eliot
  • My alienated affections wandered, and I was unfaithful to Marion.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
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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