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estrange

[ih-streynj] /ɪˈstreɪndʒ/
verb (used with object), estranged, estranging.
1.
to turn away in feeling or affection; make unfriendly or hostile; alienate the affections of:
Their quarrel estranged the two friends.
2.
to remove to or keep at a distance:
The necessity for traveling on business has estranged him from his family.
3.
to divert from the original use or possessor.
Origin of estrange
1475-1485
1475-85; < Middle French, Old French estranger; cognate with Portuguese estranhar, Spanish estrañar, Italian straniare < Medieval Latin exstrāneāre to treat as a stranger. See strange
Related forms
estrangement, noun
estranger, noun
self-estrangement, noun
Synonyms
Estrange, alienate, disaffect share the sense of causing (someone) to turn away from a previously held state of affection, comradeship, or allegiance. Estrange often implies replacement of love or belonging by apathy or hostility: erstwhile lovers estranged by a misunderstanding. Alienate often calls attention to the cause of antagonism or separation: His inconsiderate behavior alienated both friends and family. Disaffect usually refers to relationships involving allegiance or loyalty rather than love or affection: disaffected workers, demoralized by ill-considered management policies.
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  • Reflect, then, I entreat you, ere you afford even a causeless impression of distance or estrangement.

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
  • As if the estrangement between them had come of any culpability of hers.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • In a moment, however, he was calm, dispassionate and lifeless as I had always found him since the estrangement began.

    Sonia Married Stephen McKenna
  • estrangement from the land of his birth set in when he left the monastery of Steyn.

  • He loved his son too much to contemplate making more evil for the lad by any estrangement between them.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
British Dictionary definitions for estrangement

estrange

/ɪˈstreɪndʒ/
verb (transitive)
1.
(usually passive) often foll by from. to separate and live apart from (one's spouse): he is estranged from his wife
2.
(usually passive) often foll by from. to antagonize or lose the affection of (someone previously friendly); alienate
Derived Forms
estrangement, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French estranger, from Late Latin extrāneāre to treat as a stranger, from Latin extrāneus foreign; see strange
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Word Origin and History for estrangement
n.

1650s, from estrange + -ment.

estrange

v.

late 15c., from Middle French estrangier "to alienate," from Vulgar Latin *extraneare "to treat as a stranger," from Latin extraneus "foreign" (see strange). Related: Estranged.

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