estrange


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, but it does imply loss of affection or interest or withdrawal of support and often connotes a diversion of that affection or interest to another object
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a little knowledge often estranges men from religion, a deeper knowledge brings them back to it— Inge

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the colossal impudence of his comment on his former and now alienated associate— Lucas

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Estrange is preferable when the indifference or hostility is mutual, alienate when the blame can be fixed on one person or on a third person
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Mr. and Mrs. Brown have been estranged for a year

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she alienated him by her extravagance

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his affections were alienated by another woman

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Disaffect is more often used with reference to groups from whom loyalty is expected or demanded; it stresses such effects of alienation without separation as unrest, discontent, or rebellion
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the workers were disaffected by paid agitators

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the disloyalists tried to disaffect the militia, preaching treason— Bowers

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Wean implies separation from something which has a strong hold on one or on which one depends in the manner of a nursling on its mother. Unlike the other words, it often suggests merit rather than fault in the person who breaks the bond
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wean a person from a bad habit

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to wean your minds from hankering after false Germanic standards— QuillerCouch

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low prices of movies may have weaned large sections of the public away from the legitimate theater— Messenger

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Analogous words: *separate, part, divide, sunder, sever, divorce
Antonyms: reconcile
Contrasted words: conciliate, propitiate, appease, *pacify: unite, *join, link

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  • 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 — 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


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