The definition of alienate is when a person turns those who once cared into people who no longer care, either by making others feel angry and/or by causing them to ignore a person.verb
- An example of alienate is when a family member has been abusing drugs, and their behavior has caused the rest of the family to no longer be able to tolerate having them around.
- An example of alienate is when someone tells all your friends that you lied to them and your friends no longer speak to you.
- to transfer the ownership of (property) to another
- to make unfriendly; estrange: his behavior alienated his friends
- to cause to be withdrawn or detached, as from one's society
- to cause a transference of (affection)
Origin: < L alienatus, pp. of alienare < alius, other: see else
- alienator noun
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transitive verb al·ien·at·ed, al·ien·at·ing, al·ien·ates
- To cause to become unfriendly or hostile; estrange: alienate a friend; alienate potential supporters by taking extreme positions. See Synonyms at estrange.
- To cause to become withdrawn or unresponsive; isolate or dissociate emotionally: The numbing labor tended to alienate workers.
- To cause to be transferred; turn away: “He succeeded . . . in alienating the affections of my only ward” (Oscar Wilde).
- Law To transfer (property or a right) to the ownership of another, especially by an act of the owner rather than by inheritance.
Origin: Latin aliēnāre, aliēnāt-, from Latin aliēnus, alien; see alien.
- alˈien·aˌtor noun