alienating


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al·ien·ate

 (āl′yə-nāt′, ā′lē-ə-)
tr.v. al·ien·at·ed, al·ien·at·ing, al·ien·ates
1. To cause to become unfriendly or hostile; estrange: alienate a friend; alienate potential supporters by taking extreme positions.
2. To cause to become withdrawn or unresponsive; isolate or dissociate emotionally: The numbing labor tended to alienate workers.
3. To cause to be transferred; turn away: "He succeeded ... in alienating the affections of my only ward" (Oscar Wilde).
4. Law To transfer (property or a right) to the ownership of another, especially by an act of the owner rather than by inheritance.

[Latin aliēnāre, aliēnāt-, from Latin aliēnus, alien; see alien.]

al′ien·a′tor n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.alienating - causing hostility or loss of friendlinessalienating - causing hostility or loss of friendliness; "her sudden alienating aloofness"
antagonistic - arousing animosity or hostility; "his antagonistic brusqueness"; "Europe was antagonistic to the Unites States"
References in classic literature ?
Nobody listened to him, and he did not succeed in alienating a single admirer from the president of the Gun Club.
by alienating and angering white working class Labour members.
However, I do not share Midlands Today presenter Nick Owen's assertion that viewers are alienating ITV's breakfast programmes because of how much their big-name presenters are said to be paid (Mail, April 22).
The people he is alienating are probably his core voters and also a lot of other people who support what the union is doing will feel alienated as well.
It considers the alienating aspects of modern daily life in consumer society and the factors which lead to this alienation, from the call to sacrifice to false needs, social roles, and the replacement of God by monetary interests.
Manager Ken Hastie, of the Wansbeck Business Forum, said: "The Morpeth group would probably get a lot more sympathy if they pushed for a reduction in car park charges in their area, rather than alienating other retail areas by pushing for introduction of charges.
BATMAN, Jun 22, 2010 (TUR) -- An executive of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) was accused of alienating people from military service.
And I don't think we should be concerned about alienating Venezuela, Iran and Cuba as was suggested.
London, June 10 (ANI): Emily Blunt has revealed that she and her Sunshine Cleaning co-star Amy Adams bonded so well that they ended up alienating the cast during the filming.
It detailed warning signs of behaviours exhibited by the child, the alienating parent, and the rejected parent.
ALAN Murray (Police alienate people they need help from, Voice Of The North, November 23) believes the police are wasting their time, and alienating the public, by focusing on speeding motorists instead of catching "'real criminals".