alienate alienate  /ˈeɪl jə ˌneɪt/


  1. (v) arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness
  2. (v) make withdrawn or isolated or emotionally dissociated
  3. (v) transfer property or ownership


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  1. Graham knew that he would alienate some co-believers, but they were people he was happy to alienate.
  2. Questions over how long such an alliance could survive and how badly it would alienate Olmert's other coalition partners have dominated the media here for weeks.
  3. I'm sure they can alienate Hispanics on a wide range of issues besides just immigration.


  1. Republican-led House passes bill restricting abortion

    By Rachelle Younglai WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Tuesday passed legislation severely restricting abortions, a move that could alienate women from the conservative party. The bill would ban abortions 20 weeks after fertilization occurs, a time when a fetus begins to feel pain, Republicans said. The legislation makes exceptions for victims of rape ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. 1 Player Seattle Mariners Fans Are Getting Absolutely Fed Up With

    There have been a lot of low moments for the Seattle Mariners this season, many of which have continued to alienate an already angry fanbase. From disappointing seasons to never living up to expectations, the Mariners have been very difficult to love at times. But which player has truly worn out his welcome with the Mariners? One can make the argument in favor of Franklin Gutierrez. After ...
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Bleacher Report


  1. "There has been a worldwide resurgence of the ideology of Islamic extremism. One of the results of this has been to further alienate the young from the nation in which they were growing up and also to turn already separate communities into 'no-go'...
    on Jan 5, 2008 By: Michael Nazir-Ali Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "I enjoyed observing the embarrassing position of all the presidential candidates in the United States. One by one, they could be seen forced to proclaim their immediate demands of Cuba so as not to alienate a single voter," Castro wrote.
    on Feb 22, 2008 By: Fidel Castro Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. But Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti said: "Stop and search is one tool of policing but use it as a bludgeon not a rapier and you alienate far more people than you protect. Formal complaints about stop-and-search are inevitably the tip of the...
    on Sep 24, 2008 By: Shami Chakrabarti Source: Derbyshire Times

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