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 (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 To cause to become withdrawn or unresponsive; isolate or dissociate emotionally: The numbing labor tended to alienate workers.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:
Noun1.alienator - an unpleasant person who causes friendly people to become indifferent or unfriendly or hostilealienator - an unpleasant person who causes friendly people to become indifferent or unfriendly or hostile
disagreeable person, unpleasant person - a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
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And the last picture show of the title, the close of the town theater, is the result of the remorseless advance of that new great alienator, television.
I hope we can all come to an agreement about what constitutes alienation, how to deal with PAS, and how to proceed in court hearings when someone alleges that one or another parent is an alienator or an abuser.
Gains from the alienation of any property, other than that mentioned in paragraphs I to 4 shall be taxable only in the Contracting State of which the alienator is a resident.
But the system turned the tables on her: Jensen found herself accused of making up the allegations and in the glare of the national spotlight when she was labeled a ``parental alienator.