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Definitionarouse hostility or indifference where there had formerly been affection or sympathy
Much more rarely, estrange may mean to remove from customary environment or associations.
- He has been estranged from his parents since he told them he is gay.
- In her attempt to reach out to moderates, she estranged the most passionate in her own party.
- I cannot bear to have you so wholly estranged from each other.Jane Austen -- Sense and Sensibility
- Say but one affectionate word to me, and tell me there is nothing angry or estranged between us, and I will detain you no longer.Charles Dickens -- A Tale Of Two Cities
- Yet now, how distant, how far estranged we were! So far estranged, that I did not expect him to come and speak to me.Charlotte Bronte -- Jane Eyre
- That thou art then estranged from thyself?Shakespeare -- The Comedy of Errors
- Unable, as she worked, to look at him — such an intimate estrangement, theirs.Gish Jen -- Typical American
- Their minds, lately estranged, seemed suddenly to have been drawn closer, one to the other.James Joyce -- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
- The prince hardly knew anything, for this was the first informant from the household whom he had met since the estrangement.Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- The Idiot
- A woman of dubious reputation who has long been estranged from her family.J.D. Robb -- Naked in Death
- For too long the fact of their estrangement had been public property.Margaret Mitchell -- Gone with the Wind
- Estranged, disarranged, we spend our darkest hours staring at those pearls, those coral bones.Barbara Kingsolver -- The Poisonwood Bible
- How was I to imagine the Grand Master would go to such ends to deceive me and bequeath the keystone to an estranged granddaughter?Dan Brown -- The Da Vinci Code
- It took fourteen days before Ed mustered the courage to pick up the phone and call his estranged wife in California.James Bradley -- Flags of Our Fathers
- Her estranged husband wanted her dead.Rick Bragg -- All Over but the Shoutin'
- The only descriptions that had ever been leaked were written by a handful of estranged brothers.Dan Brown -- The Lost Symbol
- The one in London has been Spencer Cochran's estranged wife.Stieg Larsson -- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
- Her estranged husband, Luc, was also back in the picture, involved in some kind of elaborate financial scheme.Sarah Dessen -- This Lullaby
- There were both truth and error in the impression; the child and mother were estranged, but through Hester's fault, not Pearl's.Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Scarlet Letter
- As if the estrangement between them had come of any culpability of hers.Charles Dickens -- A Tale of Two Cities