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Definition arouse 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

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