Definitions

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

  • n. The official status of an alien. Also called alienism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The status of being an alien; being from elsewhere

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or legal condition of being an alien.
  • n. The state of being alienated or transferred to another.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being an alien; the legal standing of an alien.
  • n. The state of being alienated or transferred to another; alienation.

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

  • n. the quality of being alien

Etymologies

alien +‎ -age (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Much alienage of the right kind, thank Tsathoggua.

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  • Horror and the unknown or the strange are always closely connected, so that it is hard to create a convincing picture of shattered natural law or cosmic alienage or “outsideness” without laying stress on the emotion of fear.

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  • Only the Federal Government can make an alienage determination.

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  • It is also essential to understanding alienage and citizenship.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Shedding Light on the AZ Immigration Law

  • In my tenure, there were times that it would have been very helpful if we had enough detention space available to hold the aliens who were being processed for removal It takes a large number of agents to process aliens to determine alienage.

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  • My point is that I found there were only so many agents to do the job 24×7x365 and there were times that I had to make decisions that would allow my agents to work toward placing criminals in jail (to be followed by deportation based on an alienage determination)

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  • In her decision, Bolton also found that "race, alienage, or national origin discrimination was a motivating factor in the enactment of S.B. 1070," and maintained that the lawsuit was appropriate due to the "alleged harm to the organizational plaintiffs will occur if S.B. 1070 goes into effect, regardless of how it is enforced or applied."

    Federal Judge Rejects Jan Brewer's Challenge To Arizona Immigration Lawsuit

  • The concept of alienage goes back to the middle ages, if not before, and the United States passed an Alien And Sedition Act in 1798.

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  • Actually, the five-letter string “alien” appears a full 650 times in the 645-page text of H.R. 4321, encapsulated in three forms: “alien,” “aliens,” and “alienage,” a fact you can easily verify using Word, as I described in my note to Navarrette.

    Yes, Dammit, They’re Aliens!

  • Contested Citizenships May 7-8, 2009 calls attention to those "in-between" categories of citizenship and alienage: the second-class; the refugee; the "foreign national;" the detainee; the undocumented worker; and the asylum seeker.

    Contested Citizenships

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