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[dis-uh-fek-shuh n] /ˌdɪs əˈfɛk ʃən/
the absence or alienation of affection or goodwill; estrangement; disloyalty:
Disaffection often leads to outright treason.
Origin of disaffection
1595-1605; dis-1 + affection1 Unabridged
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  • It's a breathtaking reversal after decades of disaffection and doubt.
  • The same goes for the caricature of technology as a civic virus that breeds disaffection from politics.
  • Local disaffection is echoed in some federal agencies.
  • Both universities offered an opposition to parliamentary government, which brought upon them the charge of disaffection.
  • The political situation is expected to remain broadly stable, but there will be widespread disaffection with the weak parliament.
  • Not outward disaffection at the coalition, though that would make for the best story.
  • But there is a scramble to investigate disaffection among white voters.
  • Widespread political disaffection with electoral politics fed the hype.
  • Each generation feels disappointed in its own way, though, and seems to require its own literature of disaffection.
  • The residents of the area express disaffection and disgust with their neighborhood.
British Dictionary definitions for disaffection


a state of dissatisfaction or alienation: the growing disaffection between players
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for disaffection

c.1600; see dis- + affection.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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