alienation

[ eyl-yuh-ney-shuh n, ey-lee-uh- ]SEE DEFINITION OF alienation

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ALIENATION

His widow, in spite of their alienation, mourned long and deeply.

We read of alienation between Indian Christians and missionaries.

There was evidence in the legal papers that alienation of these farms was not allowed.

Neither of them took any pains to conceal from others their alienation.

They would, moreover, have prevented the alienation of many of their truest friends.

The common root of all sin is alienation of heart and will from God.

They had no idea of sale or barter, or conveyance, or alienation.

Sir Purcell interpreted this as indicating the beginning of their alienation.

Do we not on the other hand discover the specified marks of a state of alienation from God?

Nor did the old lady interpose a word to arrest the alienation of her property.

WORD ORIGIN

"transfer of ownership," late 14c., from Old French alienacion and directly from Latin alienationem (nominative alienatio) "a transfer, surrender," noun of action from past participle stem of alienare (see alienate). It also meant "loss or derangement of mental faculties, insanity" (late 15c.), hence alienist. Phrase alienation of affection as a U.S. legal term in divorce cases for "falling in love with someone else" dates to 1861.

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