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Definition make one feel emotionally separated or unfriendly

In law, "alienate" can mean to transfer property or ownership.
  • Its result, on earth, could hardly fail to be insanity, and hereafter, that eternal alienation from the Good and True, of which madness is perhaps the earthly type.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
alienation = separation
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • She went out, looked at the cage, buried the starved little singer, and from that hour her heart softened towards the self-alienated man.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • This course of conduct had alienated the old bachelor's affection, once strongly fixed upon him.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • He had come back with nothing that could alienate her.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • Now, with Langdon separated from Sophie on the far side of the room, Teabing sensed he had successfully alienated the two companions from one another.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The first would alienate State power by implication.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • She could always make the kind of literal remark, like this, that could alienate me, even when we were children-much as I love her.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • Continuing his disgraceful deception, he succeeded in the course of the afternoon in alienating the affections of my only ward.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • I'm afraid she's quite alienated the van der Luydens ...."
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • If I filed for divorce, if I alienated myself from Moody, he would write me out of his life.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Had anything occurred that was likely to alienate her from her family?
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • She despised me as much as ever, but she began to alienate her friends, husband, brother and even her own mother.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • As always, I seem to be especially adept at alienating the few people I actually want to talk to.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • How could I have alienated him so completely in such a short amount of time?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • Surely, that will alienate our people.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • But in the meantime, our priority needs to be forming an alliance with Luna, not alienating it with paranoia and distrust.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • " The look of shock on my classmates' faces made me feel profoundly alienated.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • Chance further alienating my mom?
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • First we talked about the quarrels and how I see them in a very different light these days, and then about how we've become alienated from our parents.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • That is what you have gained by alienating me!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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