estrange [ih-streynj] SynonymsExamplesWord Originverb (used with object), es·tranged, es·trang·ing.
- to turn away in feeling or affection; make unfriendly or hostile; alienate the affections of: Their quarrel estranged the two friends.
- to remove to or keep at a distance: The necessity for traveling on business has estranged him from his family.
- 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 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.
November 26, 2014
Those views contribute to a sense of estrangement Muslims feel from the rest of British society.
September 2, 2014
The estrangement, as emotional as it is physical, will be 21 years old in August.
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?
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.
September 23, 2012
Historical Examples of estrangement
As if the estrangement between them had come of any culpability of hers.
Everything that I have heard of her prophesies this estrangement.
Guy De Maupassant
And this was the reason that we parted—this the sole cause of our estrangement?
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.
British Dictionary definitions for estrangement estrange verb (tr)
- (usually passive often foll by from) to separate and live apart from (one’s spouse)he is estranged from his wife
- (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.
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.