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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The spectacles were sold at a price that most villagers couldn't afford, thus alienating the very people most at risk.
▪ The problem with ballet is it alienates people because it is culture.
▪ To do so would alienate black voters whom he desperately needs.
▪ The session four years ago alienated many moderate voters with its fire-and-brimstone rhetoric that included attacks on gays and feminists.
▪ But, by courting them with such policies, they may alienate mainstream voters.
▪ Gilmore had to motivate religious-right voters without alienating other voters.
▪ Prepare yourself to feel alienated, and think twice before bringing a date.
▪ If we had a true understanding of our past, we would feel less alienated by the West and its democracy.
▪ The fear was that white people would feel alienated.
▪ Jackson's comments alienated many baseball fans.
▪ But, by courting them with such policies, they may alienate mainstream voters.
▪ He felt safer in the intellect, a fact that would at times alienate those who thought him arrogant or intolerant.
▪ In the process, he alienated his wife and kids and began living in a motel room.
▪ The situation brought out the viciousness in him, and I felt he was almost certainly going to alienate Émile for good.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Alienate \Al"ien*ate\ (-[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Alienated; p. pr. & vb. n. Alienating.]

  1. To convey or transfer to another, as title, property, or right; to part voluntarily with ownership of.

  2. To withdraw, as the affections; to make indifferent of averse, where love or friendship before subsisted; to estrange; to wean; -- with from.

    The errors which . . . alienated a loyal gentry and priesthood from the House of Stuart.

    The recollection of his former life is a dream that only the more alienates him from the realities of the present.
    --I. Taylor.


Alienate \Al"ien*ate\, n. A stranger; an alien. [Obs.]


Alienate \Al"ien*ate\ ([=a]l"yen*[asl]t), a. [L. alienatus, p. p. of alienare, fr. alienus. See Alien, and cf. Aliene.] Estranged; withdrawn in affection; foreign; -- with from.

O alienate from God.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.

  1. estranged; withdrawn in affection; foreign; with ''from''. n. (context obsolete English) A stranger; an alien. v

  2. 1 To convey or transfer to another, as title, property, or right; to part voluntarily with ownership of. 2 To estrange; to withdraw affections or attention from; to make indifferent or averse, where love or friendship before subsisted; to wean.

  1. v. arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness [syn: estrange, alien, disaffect]

  2. transfer property or ownership; "The will aliened the property to the heirs" [syn: alien]

Usage examples of "alienate".

Rather than stay with the simple pop-music formula of their early work, the period of Beatlemania, they pushed the boundaries of their music, making each album more complex than the one before, although never enough to alienate the fans.

With John interested only in Yoko and his own music, and with George Martin often busy elsewhere or on holiday, Paul had inevitably taken charge of the album, at different times alienating both George Harrison and Ringo.

The rigid and parsimonious virtues of Maurice had long since alienated the hearts of his subjects: as he walked barefoot in a religious procession, he was rudely assaulted with stones, and his guards were compelled to present their iron maces in the defence of his person.

Grandiose inscriptions were displayed all about to commemorate my benefactions, but my refusal to exempt the inhabitants from a tax which they were quite able to pay soon alienated that rabble from me.

He came from a dull, but respectable background, and perhaps being something of the alienated intellectual, the perpetual rebel, made him decide to leave the little college town of his birth, and begin his odyssey-to make a fandom of hell, and a hell of fandom.

And if he was such a shabster as to turn her away, he would find he had to deal with my Lord Desford, who would cast aside the deference to his elders so carefully drilled into him from his earliest days, and would counsel the old muckworm in explicit terms to think well before he behaved in so scaly a fashion as must alienate even the few friends he had, once the story became known, as he, Desford, would make it his business to see that it did.

To reify and alienate these facets of our inner life is to fragment each of us from within.

Gillette, in his persona as the alienated Texas teenager, told Triple-X about how he defeated Windows screen saver passcodes and let the hacker give him advice on better ways to do it.

To others it is only an opportunity to catch up on fifteen weeks of lost sleep, to scarf down piles of good scran sink a few dozen pints, brag to their mates and thus avoid questioning themselves about why they feel so alienated from friends and family.

Whether one is a Freudian or not, this is still the most accurate and succinct summary of all forms of uncovering psychotherapy, and it simply points to an expansion of ego, an expansion of I-ness, into a higher and wider identity that integrates previously alienated processes.

What did Wilk ever do in his life except to turn out garbage for his part of collaborations, misappropriate funds which should have been split down the middle, and get sultry, alienated Manhattan types to go down on him?

He was not about to alienate sixteen Indian kingdoms because of the religious zealotry of his ambassador.

He bestowed on his favorites the palaces which he had built in the several quarters of the city, assigned them lands and pensions for the support of their dignity, and alienated the demesnes of Pontus and Asia to grant hereditary estates by the easy tenure of maintaining a house in the capital.

He had taken on the Mastership of the Pexdale Hounds in succession to a highly popular man who had fallen foul of his committee, and the Major found himself confronted with the overt hostility of at least half the hunt, while his lack of tact and amiability had done much to alienate the remainder.

It will soon be public record that I have alienated the affections of Miss Parr, which, indeed, I have.