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verb as in cause unfriendliness, hostility

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It’s characteristic of this intelligent but alienating text, which works better as literary criticism than biography, that Bradford feels no need to display any compassion for such a sad, lonely end.

Many social media companies have been hesitant to come out and say some sources are less trustworthy than others for fear of alienating part of their audience.

Goldwater wanted to distance himself from the conspiracy theories, but he feared alienating his base.

He seems to have done much more to alienate the other side, with 54 percent of Democrats having a “very unfavorable” opinion of him.

Telling a new mother that she is hurting her child will further alienate you from her.

Do the Republicans want to alienate important constituencies they will need in 2016?

The President did not want to alienate Southern legislators whose votes he needed on his New Deal legislation.

Further violence and escalation of the events into a civil war would only alienate him from the bulk of the Ukrainian people.

Positioning yourself against President Obama is a good way to alienate the most important constituency in the Democratic Party.

That may work spectacularly well, or it may alienate some users.

A Christian who would attain perfection, ought to drive away from his mind all that can alienate him from heaven—his true country.

In 1790 Pitt was opposing his wishes elsewhere; he was unwilling to alienate him altogether, and agreed to put pressure on Russia.

Such cruel insinuations can never alienate from you the friends who love you.

He lampooned the prince regent, yet he could not alienate the Tories.

We could not see what should again alienate us from one another, or how one brother could again oppress another.


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On this page you'll find 35 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to alienate, such as: disaffect, divide, estrange, separate, turn off, and disunite.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.