estrange(redirected from estrangements)
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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.]
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]
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]
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
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|Verb||1.||estrange - remove from customary environment or associations; "years of boarding school estranged the child from her home"|
|2.||estrange - 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