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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to cause to be withdrawn or isolated from the objective world: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.
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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  • One criticism often levied is that my rhetoric was unnecessarily insulting and alienating.
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  • It's an alienating experience, without emotional resonance or charm.
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  • And, by telling people that it's all about selfishness, you're alienating a huge potential part of the market unnecessarily.
  • Differing, but making some effort in the direction of finding common cause and not alienating.
  • It would be counterproductive to risk alienating the editor.
  • We fear hurting their feelings, alienating them, or provoking them into complaining to some higher authority.
British Dictionary definitions for alienating


/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 alienating



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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