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  • v. Present participle of estrange.

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

  • adj. making one feel out of place or alienated


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  • My 'good-natured friends' now carefully informed me of the multitude of secret enemies who were ever employed in estranging the Prince's mind from me.

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  • But this joke has a germ of truth with regards to the underlying fantastical and estranging nature of the Biblical text.

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  • While watching it is estranging for anyone from a western communicative context, the force of the event and the focus cannot be ignored.

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  • She is excited too, though, of course, by the sudden flash of orange on the corner of a painting made in Brittany that prefigures his gorgeous, haunted Tahitian palette, or by the insistent presence, on a table, of Gauguin's own beer mug, a sturdy Scandinavian vessel that looks like it holds three pints, and which features in a curious and estranging portrait of his sleeping daughter.

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  • But the palimpsesting of biblical and contemporary cultures is also deeply dissonant, deeply estranging.

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  • In the course of attaining an education and exploring the world more broadly, I was in some ways estranging myself from the people I'd loved and known best in my life.

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  • My son adores his wife and to keep the peace and avoid estranging him, I don't say anything to either of them.

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  • Where the privileged white cube of the gallery is estranging and alienating to most of us, providing only pseudo-access into the art world, museums are recasting themselves as machines of democracy, in an uncanny but decidedly more benign parallel to the spread of world-wide democracy that Western globalization claims to bring with it.

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  • Yet naming the power is rather beside the point, for what seems to mark the Romantic encounter with it differently is this power's psychologically estranging and gothic effects.


  • It had an estranging effect to talk about poverty in the environment of abundance of the artefacts donated by popstars such as beautiful guitars.

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