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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 To cause to become withdrawn or unresponsive; isolate or dissociate emotionally: The numbing labor tended to alienate workers.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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The parent who promotes a defamatory campaign and distances the child from the other parent is called in the literature the Alienator and is usually the one with custody of the child.
Capital gains arising from the transfer of shares in a company will only be taxable in the state of which the alienator is a resident.
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.
For after a pact is completed, or after a right has been transferred by a pact to another, the thing at once begins to belong to another and to serve his desire, while the alienator can legitimately commit no act regarding it save such as tends to give possession to another.
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.