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[dis-uh-fek-tid] /ˌdɪs əˈfɛk tɪd/
discontented and disloyal, as toward the government or toward authority.
Origin of disaffected
1625-35; disaffect + -ed2
Related forms
disaffectedly, adverb
disaffectedness, noun


[dis-uh-fekt] /ˌdɪs əˈfɛkt/
verb (used with object)
to alienate the affection, sympathy, or support of; make discontented or disloyal:
The dictator's policies had soon disaffected the people.
1615-25; dis-1 + affect2
See estrange. Unabridged
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  • The belief that suicide bombers are poor, uneducated, disaffected or disturbed is contradicted by science.
  • No outburst by a disaffected human should be ignored.
  • These techniques resonate with a generation disaffected by conventional politics.
  • Every year the authorities worry that the disaffected will use the session as a pretext to air grievances.
  • He brought a disaffected cohort of voters into the electoral process and into his party.
  • There is also little sign of co-ordination among different disaffected groups.
  • Even a decade of growth has left plenty of poor and disaffected people.
  • He may have no intention of meeting the demands of the disaffected, but he clearly sees political value in listening to them.
  • Opposition politicians, newspaper columnists and a disaffected former foreign minister are beginning to find their voice.
  • Why they don't care and are so disaffected should be dissected afterwards but that does not excuse their actions.
British Dictionary definitions for disaffected


(transitive; often passive) to cause to lose loyalty or affection; alienate
Derived Forms
disaffectedly, adverb
disaffectedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for disaffected

"estranged, hostile," usually in reference to authority, 1630s, past participle adjective from disaffect. Related: Disaffectedly; disaffectedness.



1610s, from dis- + affect (v.1). Related: Disaffected; disaffecting.

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