Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of alienating or the condition of being alienated; estrangement.
  • noun Emotional isolation or dissociation.
  • noun Law The act of transferring property or title to it to another.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state in which a person has completely forgotten his identity and becomes a new person, alien to his former self.
  • noun The act of alienating, or the state of being alienated.
  • noun The diversion of lands from ecclesiastical to secular ownership.
  • noun A withdrawing or an estrangement, as of feeling or the affections.
  • noun Deprivation, or partial deprivation, of mental faculties; derangement; insanity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of alienating, or the state of being alienated.
  • noun (Law) A transfer of title, or a legal conveyance of property to another.
  • noun A withdrawing or estrangement, as of the affections.
  • noun Mental alienation; derangement of the mental faculties; insanity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of alienating.
  • noun The state of being alienated.
  • noun Emotional isolation or dissociation.

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

  • noun the action of alienating; the action of causing to become unfriendly
  • noun separation resulting from hostility
  • noun the feeling of being alienated from other people
  • noun (law) the voluntary and absolute transfer of title and possession of real property from one person to another

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old French alienacion, from Latin alienatio.

Examples

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  • Read Kafka. Do it now. There may be a test later.

    October 21, 2007

  • "Without alienation, there can be no politics." - Arthur Miller

    July 30, 2008

  • Probably no advertising either.

    July 30, 2008

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    July 30, 2008