Estrangement definition

The act of estranging; the act of alienating; alienation.
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The state of being alien; foreign, non-native.
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Estrangement is defined as no longer being affectionate or friendly, or is defined as being separated from your usual surroundings.

When you and your family members are no longer speaking due to a dispute over dividing up your parents assets, this is an example of estrangement.

When you are living apart from your husband and are on the path to divorce, this is an example of estrangement.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
estrangement
Plural:
estrangements

Origin of estrangement

  • Old French estrangement, corresponding to estrange +"Ž -ment (“act, state")

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