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tr.v. es·tranged, es·trang·ing, es·trang·es
1. To make hostile, unsympathetic, or indifferent; alienate: The months of bickering estranged her from her family.
2. To remove from an accustomed place or set of associations: art that is estranged from its historical context.

[Middle English estraungen, from Old French estrangier, from Latin extrāneāre, to treat as a stranger, disown, from extrāneus, foreign; see strange.]

es·trange′ment n.
es·trang′er n.


vb (tr)
1. (often foll by: from) to separate and live apart from (one's spouse): he is estranged from his wife.
2. (often foll by: from) to antagonize or lose the affection of (someone previously friendly); alienate
[C15: from Old French estranger, from Late Latin extrāneāre to treat as a stranger, from Latin extrāneus foreign; see strange]
esˈtrangement n



v.t. -tranged, -trang•ing.
1. to alienate the affections of; make unfriendly or hostile.
2. to remove to or keep at a distance.
[1475–85; < Middle French, Old French estranger < Medieval Latin exstrāneāre]
es•trange′ment, n.
es•trang′er, n.
syn: estrange, alienate, disaffect share the sense of turning away from a state of affection, comradeship, or allegiance. estrange refers to the replacement of affection by apathy or hostility; it often involves physical separation: lovers estranged by a misunderstanding. alienate often emphasizes the cause of antagonism: His inconsiderate behavior alienated his friends. disaffect usu. refers to relationships involving allegiance or loyalty rather than love or affection: disaffected workers ready to strike.


Past participle: estranged
Gerund: estranging

I estrange
you estrange
he/she/it estranges
we estrange
you estrange
they estrange
I estranged
you estranged
he/she/it estranged
we estranged
you estranged
they estranged
Present Continuous
I am estranging
you are estranging
he/she/it is estranging
we are estranging
you are estranging
they are estranging
Present Perfect
I have estranged
you have estranged
he/she/it has estranged
we have estranged
you have estranged
they have estranged
Past Continuous
I was estranging
you were estranging
he/she/it was estranging
we were estranging
you were estranging
they were estranging
Past Perfect
I had estranged
you had estranged
he/she/it had estranged
we had estranged
you had estranged
they had estranged
I will estrange
you will estrange
he/she/it will estrange
we will estrange
you will estrange
they will estrange
Future Perfect
I will have estranged
you will have estranged
he/she/it will have estranged
we will have estranged
you will have estranged
they will have estranged
Future Continuous
I will be estranging
you will be estranging
he/she/it will be estranging
we will be estranging
you will be estranging
they will be estranging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been estranging
you have been estranging
he/she/it has been estranging
we have been estranging
you have been estranging
they have been estranging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been estranging
you will have been estranging
he/she/it will have been estranging
we will have been estranging
you will have been estranging
they will have been estranging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been estranging
you had been estranging
he/she/it had been estranging
we had been estranging
you had been estranging
they had been estranging
I would estrange
you would estrange
he/she/it would estrange
we would estrange
you would estrange
they would estrange
Past Conditional
I would have estranged
you would have estranged
he/she/it would have estranged
we would have estranged
you would have estranged
they would have estranged
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.estrange - remove from customary environment or associations; "years of boarding school estranged the child from her home"
move out, take out, remove - cause to leave; "The teacher took the children out of the classroom"
2.estrange - arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendlinessestrange - arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness; "She alienated her friends when she became fanatically religious"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
drift apart, drift away - lose personal contact over time; "The two women, who had been roommates in college, drifted apart after they got married"
wean - detach the affections of


To make distant, hostile, or unsympathetic:
Idiom: set at odds.


[ɪsˈtreɪndʒ] VTenajenar, distanciar (from de)


vt personentfremden (→ from +dat); to be/become estranged from somebody/somethingsich jdm/etw entfremdet haben/entfremden; they are estranged (married couple)sie haben sich auseinandergelebt; his estranged wifeseine von ihm getrennt lebende Frau
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According to Old File's statement, though Doctor Dulcifer had never actually ill-used his wife, he had never lived on kind terms with her: the main cause of the estrangement between them, in later years, being Mrs.
In the relations of the husband and wife the same estrangement still remained, but there was no talk now of separation, and Stepan Arkadyevitch saw the possibility of explanation and reconciliation.
The infantry who had been stopped crowded near the bridge in the trampled mud and gazed with that particular feeling of ill-will, estrangement, and ridicule with which troops of different arms usually encounter one another at the clean, smart hussars who moved past them in regular order.
But Evgenie Pavlovitch was not afraid to compromise himself by paying the prince a visit, and did so, in spite of the fact that he had recommenced to visit at the Epanchins', where he was received with redoubled hospitality and kindness after the temporary estrangement.
"I request your ladyship to consider whether it is desirable--in view of your son's conduct in the future--to allow his wife to stand in the doubly perilous relation toward him of being also a cause of estrangement between his father and himself."
'She may have done so, in the fear that it would lead, if known, to some objection or estrangement. Suppose she married incautiously-- it is not improbable, for her existence has been a lonely and monotonous one for many years--and the man turned out a ruffian, she would be anxious to screen him, and yet would revolt from his crimes.
It being her first day of complete estrangement from rural objects, Phoebe found an unexpected charm in this little nook of grass, and foliage, and aristocratic flowers, and plebeian vegetables.
Children of the same family, the same blood, with the same first associations and habits, have some means of enjoyment in their power, which no subsequent connexions can supply; and it must be by a long and unnatural estrangement, by a divorce which no subsequent connexion can justify, if such precious remains of the earliest attachments are ever entirely outlived.
In the tacit agreement of husband and wife to keep their estrangement a secret they behaved as would have been ordinary.
The cessation from writing and studying, the death of Brissenden, and the estrangement from Ruth had made a big hole in his life; and his life refused to be pinned down to good living in cafes and the smoking of Egyptian cigarettes.