alienate

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English alienat, from Latin aliēnātus, perfect passive participle of aliēnō (alienate, estrange), from aliēnus. See alien, and confer aliene.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈeɪ.li.ə.neɪt/
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AdjectiveEdit

alienate (not comparable)

  1. (archaic, followed by "from") Estranged; withdrawn in affection; foreign

NounEdit

alienate (plural alienates)

  1. (obsolete) A stranger; an alien.

VerbEdit

alienate (third-person singular simple present alienates, present participle alienating, simple past and past participle alienated)

  1. To convey or transfer to another, as title, property, or right; to part voluntarily with ownership of.
  2. To estrange; to withdraw affections or attention from; to make indifferent or averse, where love or friendship before subsisted.

Usage notesEdit

Alienate is largely synonymous with estrange. However, alienate is used primarily to refer to driving off (“he alienated her with his atrocious behavior”) or to offend a group (“the imprudent remarks alienated the urban demographic”), while estrange is used rather to mean “cut off relations”, particularly in a family setting.

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ItalianEdit

Etymology 1Edit

AdjectiveEdit

alienate f pl

  1. feminine plural of alienato

ParticipleEdit

alienate f pl

  1. feminine plural of alienato

Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

alienate f

  1. plural of alienata

Etymology 3Edit

VerbEdit

alienate

  1. inflection of alienare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

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LatinEdit

VerbEdit

aliēnāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of aliēnō

Middle EnglishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

alienate

  1. Alternative form of alienat