transitive verb (estranged; estranging) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French estrangir, estranger, from Medieval Latin extraneare, from Latin extraneus strange — more at strange Date: 15th century 1. to remove from customary environment or associations 2. to arouse especially mutual enmity or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness ; alienateestrangement nounestranger noun Synonyms: estrange, alienate, disaffect mean to cause one to break a bond of affection or loyalty. estrange implies the development of indifference or hostility with consequent separation or divorcement <
his estranged wife
. alienate may or may not suggest separation but always implies loss of affection or interest <
managed to alienate all his coworkers
. disaffect refers especially to those from whom loyalty is expected and stresses the effects (as rebellion or discontent) of alienation without actual separation <
troops disaffected by hunger

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • estrange — ESTRANGE. adj. de tout genre. Esloigné, lointain, de dehors. En ce sens il n est en usage que dans ces phrases. Terres estranges. nations estranges. venu d estrange pays. Il est meilleur en poësie. Les Medecins & Chirurgiens appellent, Corps… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • estrange — Estrange, comm. gen. penacut. Est adjectif, dont on use avec adjection de son substantif, ores proprement, comme, Les nations estranges, Gentes exterae. Et ores par metaphore, ou en vitupere, comme, C est un homme, une femme estrange. c. de… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • estrange — estrange, alienate, disaffect, wean are comparable when meaning to cause one to break a bond or tie of affection or loyalty. Estrange implies separation with consequent indifference or hostility; alienate may or may not suggest actual separation …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Estrange — Es*trange , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Estranged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Estranging}.] [OF. estrangier to remove, F. [ e]tranger, L. extraneare to treat as a stranger, from extraneus strange. See {Strange}.] 1. To withdraw; to withhold; hence, reflexively,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • estrange — I verb abalienare, alienate, avoid, be disjoined, break with, cut off, disaffect, disband, disconnect, dispart, dissever, dissociate, disunite, divert from original use, divert from the original possessor, divide, draw apart, drive apart, exclude …   Law dictionary

  • estrange — late 15c., from M.Fr. estrangier to alienate, from V.L. *extraneare to treat as a stranger, from L. extraneus foreign (see STRANGE (Cf. strange)). Related: Estranged …   Etymology dictionary

  • estrange — [v] destroy the affections of alien, alienate, antagonize, break up, disaffect, disunify, disunite, divert, divide, divorce, drive apart, leave, make hostile, part, put on the outs*, separate, set at odds*, sever, split, sunder, turn off*, wean,… …   New thesaurus

  • estrangé — Estrangé, [estrang]ée. part …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • estrange — ► VERB 1) cause to feel less close or friendly. 2) (estranged) (of a husband or wife) no longer living with their spouse. DERIVATIVES estrangement noun. ORIGIN Old French estranger, from Latin extraneare treat as a stranger …   English terms dictionary

  • estrange — [e strānj′, istrānj′] vt. estranged, estranging [OFr estranger, to remove < ML extraneare, to treat as a stranger < L extraneus, STRANGE] 1. to remove, as from usual surroundings or associates; keep apart or away 2. to turn (a person) from… …   English World dictionary

  • estrange — ja adj. et n. étrange ; étonnante > « Uno enfant m a fach aquéu mau estrange ! » Th. Aubanel; étranger, ère d un autre pays > Son de causas que nos arriban de l estrange : ce sont des choses qui nous viennent de l étranger. Es anat pron… …   Diccionari Personau e Evolutiu

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”