Alienate (verb)

  1. To cause to become unfriendly, unsympathetic, or hostile.
  2. To estrange or make hostile, especially between parties that were once friendly or compatible.
  3. To cause to be withdrawn or isolated from the objective world.
  4. To transfer or convey title, interest, or ownership of (property) to another, especially by a written instrument.
  5. To withdraw or transfer (affections, loyalties, etc.), as from a person or a cause.

Origin:

From latin alienātus, past participle of alienō (“to alienate, estrange”), from alienus (“belonging to another, foreign, alien”).

Examples:

  1. His bad attitude has alienated many of his coworkers.
  2. The controversial decision of the management team has alienated a large portion of the company's shareholders.
  3. The long hours at work and lack of time with friends and family have alienated him from his loved ones.
  4. The owner of the property alienated his ownership to his son by means of a written deed.
  5. The celebrity's political views have alienated some of her fans who don't share the same beliefs.
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