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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 To cause to become withdrawn or unresponsive; isolate or dissociate emotionally: The numbing labor tended to alienate workers.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.
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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"
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Nobody listened to him, and he did not succeed in alienating a single admirer from the president of the Gun Club.
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A way forward at this point is reaching out instead of alienating the provinces.
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by alienating and angering white working class Labour members.
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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.
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BATMAN, Jun 22, 2010 (TUR) -- An executive of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) was accused of alienating people from military service.