estranged [ih-streynjd] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for estranged on adjective

  1. displaying or evincing a feeling of alienation; alienated.

Origin of estranged First recorded in 1545–55; estrange + -ed2 Related formses·trang·ed·ness [ih-streyn-jid-nis, -streynjd-] /ɪˈstreɪn dʒɪd nɪs, -ˈstreɪndʒd-/, nounun·es·tranged, adjective estrange [ih-streynj] verb (used with object), es·tranged, es·trang·ing.

  1. to turn away in feeling or affection; make unfriendly or hostile; alienate the affections of: Their quarrel estranged the two friends.
  2. to remove to or keep at a distance: The necessity for traveling on business has estranged him from his family.
  3. to divert from the original use or possessor.

Origin of estrange 1475–85; Middle French, Old French estranger; cognate with Portuguese estranhar, Spanish estrañar, Italian straniare Medieval Latin exstrāneāre to treat as a stranger. See strange Related formses·trange·ment, nounes·trang·er, nounself-es·trange·ment, nounSynonyms for estrange See more synonyms for on Estrange, alienate, disaffect share the sense of causing (someone) to turn away from a previously held state of affection, comradeship, or allegiance. Estrange often implies replacement of love or belonging by apathy or hostility: erstwhile lovers estranged by a misunderstanding. Alienate often calls attention to the cause of antagonism or separation: His inconsiderate behavior alienated both friends and family. Disaffect usually refers to relationships involving allegiance or loyalty rather than love or affection: disaffected workers, demoralized by ill-considered management policies. Related Words for estranged divorce, alienate, leave, divide, separate, wean, sunder, withhold, alien, disaffect, part, antagonize, split, withdraw, disunite, divert, sever, disunify Examples from the Web for estranged Contemporary Examples of estranged

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  • Moses Farrow, now 36, and an accomplished photographer, has been estranged from Mia for several years.

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  • Dick Diver begins as the graceful, competent king of the Riviera and ends as a washed-up drunk, estranged from everyone he loves.

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  • He was so estranged from his three daughters that it took him several awkward moments to summon their names.

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  • Historical Examples of estranged

  • Found all changed and estranged, and, he fancied, more wonder than welcome.


    William D. Howells

  • How talk, for instance, of the world and its pleasures to one who had been estranged from it!


    Charles James Lever

  • No sooner had I found my brother than I found him estranged from me in a hopeless cause.


    Talbot Baines Reed

  • The evidence of those who have been estranged from the Churches is worth considering.

    Personality in Literature

    Rolfe Arnold Scott-James

  • What chance was there of reconciliation with his estranged friends?

    Lord George Bentinck

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • British Dictionary definitions for estranged estranged adjective

    1. separated and living apart from one’s spouse
    2. no longer friendly; alienated

    estrange verb (tr)

    1. (usually passive often foll by from) to separate and live apart from (one’s spouse)he is estranged from his wife
    2. (usually passive often foll by from) to antagonize or lose the affection of (someone previously friendly); alienate

    Derived Formsestrangement, nounWord Origin for estrange C15: from Old French estranger, from Late Latin extrāneāre to treat as a stranger, from Latin extrāneus foreign; see strange Word Origin and History for estranged estrange v.

    late 15c., from Middle French estrangier “to alienate,” from Vulgar Latin *extraneare “to treat as a stranger,” from Latin extraneus “foreign” (see strange). Related: Estranged.

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