Definition of "alienation" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The state of being an outsider or the feeling of being isolated, as from society (noun)
  • A state in which a person's feelings are inhibited so that eventually both the self and the external world seem unreal (noun)
  • The transfer of property, as by conveyance or will, into the ownership of another (noun)
  • The right of an owner to dispose of his property (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "alienation" in a sentence
  • "In psychology, sociology, and cultural criticism the term alienation would be popularized primarily by Jewish thinkers."
  • "Disassociation between the claimed goal and actual actions is obvious; hence, maybe the term alienation is proper for the occasion."
  • "To use the term alienation is too soft a word now."