Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause to lose affection or loyalty. See Synonyms at estrange.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cause a loss of affection, sympathy or loyalty; to alienate or estrange

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To alienate or diminish the affection of; to make unfriendly or less friendly; to fill with discontent and unfriendliness.
  • transitive v. To disturb the functions of; to disorder.
  • transitive v. To lack affection for; to be alienated from, or indisposed toward; to dislike.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness

Etymologies

dis- +‎ affect (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Thomas Fisher: Tenure: Use It or Lose It

  • Mike, Raleigh: 18 million people aren't going to disaffect because their candidate lost.

    Obama keeps Dean

  • 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.

    Neither Reid nor Pelosi have the Votes to do Anything Else on ObamaCare | RedState

  • 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.

    SA Enjoys It While it Can

  • 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?

    Archive 2007-09-01

  • Sometimes growth can disaffect your core audience.

    Guest Posting: Watch Out for Complaints

  • Rather than doing that, Kirk and Bush try to disaffect everyone from each other for their own political gain.

    Mark Kirk Supporter Goes O'Reilly On Us

  • This will only disaffect more Americans and more Europeans and cause even fewer young men in the West to enter the priesthood.

    04/19/2005

  • 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 Survivors of the Chancellor

  • The newspapers describing the fictional atrocities in Ireland had been intended to disaffect the Irish soldiers in the British army.

    Sharpe's Battle

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