American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cause to lose affection or loyalty. See Synonyms at estrange.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To alienate the affection of; make less friendly; make discontented or unfriendly: as, an attempt was made to disaffect the army.
- To lack affection or esteem for; not to affect; dislike; stand aloof from: as, to disaffect society.
- To throw into disorder; derange.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To alienate or diminish the affection of; to make unfriendly or less friendly; to fill with discontent and unfriendliness.
- v. To disturb the functions of; to disorder.
- v. obsolete To lack affection for; to be alienated from, or indisposed toward; to dislike.
- v. arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness
- dis- + affect (Wiktionary)
“I understand that sentiment, and while addressing controversial issues may anger a few, not doing so could disaffect a far greater number of people if speaking out would have made a difference in the public understanding of an issue or led to an improved outcome as a result.”
“Mike, Raleigh: 18 million people aren't going to disaffect because their candidate lost.”
“I think retreat and a hard pivot to the economy is the best move, but Obama will have to throw some red meat to the liberal base on that issue too… which will only serve to disaffect more in the center and the working class type Ds.”
“Nothing could be more calculated to disaffect him from the new dispensation and thus any such plan can only prove to be short-sighted in the extreme.”
“And if you think that public knowledge of your nonprofit's contributions would disaffect your financial supporters or create bad publicity for your organization, why on earth are you doing it in the first place?”
“Sometimes growth can disaffect your core audience.”
“Rather than doing that, Kirk and Bush try to disaffect everyone from each other for their own political gain.”
“This will only disaffect more Americans and more Europeans and cause even fewer young men in the West to enter the priesthood.”
“When I mentioned the matter to Curtis I found he had already noticed these secret interviews, and that they had given him enough concern to make him determined to keep a strict eye upon Jynxtrop and Owen, who, rascals as they were themselves, were evidently trying to disaffect their mates.”
“The newspapers describing the fictional atrocities in Ireland had been intended to disaffect the Irish soldiers in the British army.”
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