- The definition of alienation is the state of a person who has disengaged themselves or have been alienated from the attentions from a person, place, or thing they once enjoyed.
An example of alienation is when a cheating wife is discovered by her husband, and he can no longer stand to be around her so he files for divorce.
alienation definition by Webster's New World
- an alienating or being alienated; specif., estrangement or detachment
- mental derangement; insanity
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French ; from Classical Latin alienatio, separation, aversion, aberration (of the mind): see alienate
alienation definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The act of alienating or the condition of being alienated; estrangement: Alcoholism often leads to the alienation of family and friends.
- Emotional isolation or dissociation.
- Law The act of transferring property or title to it to another.
alienation - Business Definition
alienation - Cultural Definition
A feeling of separation or isolation. In social science, alienation is associated with the problems caused by rapid social change, such as industrialization and urbanization (see Industrial Revolution), which has broken down traditional relationships among individuals and groups and the goods and services they produce.
- Alienation is most often associated with minorities, the poor, the unemployed, and other groups who have limited power to bring about changes in society.
- Marxism holds that workers in capitalist nations are alienated because they have no claim to ownership of the products they make.
alienation - Legal Definition
alienation - Medical Definition