estrange [ih-streynj] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for estrange on 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 estrangement separation, hostility, disunity, schism, alienation, disaffection, division, withholding, divorce, withdrawal, leave, split, breach, removal, parting, leaving, disassociation, antagonization Examples from the Web for estrangement Contemporary Examples of estrangement

  • Poverty, alienation, estrangement, continuously aggravated by racism, overt and institutional.

    ‘Why Have I Lost Control?’: Cory Booker in ’92 on Rodney King Echoes Ferguson

    Cory Booker

    November 26, 2014

  • Those views contribute to a sense of estrangement Muslims feel from the rest of British society.

    It’ll Take More Than Bombs to Stop ISIS

    Dean Obeidallah

    September 2, 2014

  • The estrangement, as emotional as it is physical, will be 21 years old in August.

    Life as an Undocumented Immigrant

    Jose Antonio Vargas

    April 28, 2014

  • So where exactly is the line that a family member must cross for estrangement to be justified and furthermore not stigmatized?

    Should You Divorce Your Family After the Holidays?

    Keli Goff

    January 2, 2014

  • Her departure from her kids when they were young was like a severing of relations, an estrangement that has not eased to this day.

    ‘The Distance Between Us’ by Reyna Grande

    Lorenza Muñoz

    September 23, 2012

  • Historical Examples of estrangement

  • As if the estrangement between them had come of any culpability of hers.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • Everything that I have heard of her prophesies this estrangement.

    A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales

    Guy De Maupassant

  • And this was the reason that we parted—this the sole cause of our estrangement?

    Masterpieces of Mystery


  • At all events, it led to a sort of estrangement between us,—the only one of our lives.


    Charles James Lever

  • Estrangement from the land of his birth set in when he left the monastery of Steyn.

    Erasmus and the Age of Reformation

    Johan Huizinga

  • British Dictionary definitions for estrangement 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 estrangement n.

    1650s, from estrange + -ment.

    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.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    49 queries 1.052