from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of alienating or the condition of being alienated; estrangement: Alcoholism often leads to the alienation of family and friends.
  • n. Emotional isolation or dissociation.
  • n. Law The act of transferring property or title to it to another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of alienating.
  • n. The state of being alienated.
  • n. Emotional isolation or dissociation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of alienating, or the state of being alienated.
  • n. A transfer of title, or a legal conveyance of property to another.
  • n. A withdrawing or estrangement, as of the affections.
  • n. Mental alienation; derangement of the mental faculties; insanity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of alienating, or the state of being alienated.
  • n. The diversion of lands from ecclesiastical to secular ownership.
  • n. A withdrawing or an estrangement, as of feeling or the affections.
  • n. Deprivation, or partial deprivation, of mental faculties; derangement; insanity.
  • n. The state in which a person has completely forgotten his identity and becomes a new person, alien to his former self.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the action of alienating; the action of causing to become unfriendly
  • n. separation resulting from hostility
  • n. the feeling of being alienated from other people
  • n. (law) the voluntary and absolute transfer of title and possession of real property from one person to another


Old French alienacion, from Latin alienatio. (Wiktionary)



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