What does alienation mean?

Definitions for alienation
ˌeɪl yəˈneɪ ʃən, ˌeɪ li ə-alien·ation

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. alienation, disaffection, estrangementnoun

    the feeling of being alienated from other people

  2. alienation, estrangementnoun

    separation resulting from hostility

  3. alienationnoun

    (law) the voluntary and absolute transfer of title and possession of real property from one person to another

    "the power of alienation is an essential ingredient of ownership"

  4. alienationnoun

    the action of alienating; the action of causing to become unfriendly

    "his behavior alienated the other students"


  1. alienationnoun

    The act of alienating.

    The alienation of that viewing demographic is a poor business decision.

  2. alienationnoun

    The state of being alienated.

  3. alienationnoun

    Emotional isolation or dissociation.

  4. Etymology: alienacion, from alienatio.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Alienationnoun

    Etymology: alienatio, Lat.

    The beginning of this ordinance was for the maintenance of their lands in their posterity, and for excluding all innovation or alienation thereof unto strangers. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.

    God put it into the heart of one of our princes, towards the close of her reign, to give a check to that sacrilege. Her successor passed a law, which prevented absolutely all future alienations of the church revenues. Francis Atterbury.

    Great changes and alienations of property, have created new and great dependencies. Jonathan Swift, on Athens and Rome.

    It is left but in dark memory, what the case of this person was, and what was the ground of his defection, and the alienation of his heart from the king. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    Some things are done by man, though not through outward force and impulsion, though not against, yet without their wills; as in alienation of mind, or any like inevitable utter absence of wit and judgment. Richard Hooker, b. i. p. 23.


  1. alienation

    Alienation refers to a state of being isolated or disconnected from a group, society, or the environment. This can occur in various aspects, such as emotional, social, or cultural. It involves a sense of estrangement either within oneself or with regard to external entities. Alienation often results from or is associated with a lack of understanding and acceptance, different belief systems, or changes in societal structures or relationships.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alienationnoun

    the act of alienating, or the state of being alienated

  2. Alienationnoun

    a transfer of title, or a legal conveyance of property to another

  3. Alienationnoun

    a withdrawing or estrangement, as of the affections

  4. Alienationnoun

    mental alienation; derangement of the mental faculties; insanity; as, alienation of mind


  1. Alienation

    In property law, alienation is the capacity for a piece of property or a property right to be sold or otherwise transferred from one party to another. Although property is generally deemed to be alienable, it may be subject to restraints on alienation. Aboriginal title is one example of inalienability in common law jurisdictions.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of alienation in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of alienation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of alienation in a Sentence

  1. Hakan Altinay:

    Too many of the attacks against The HDP are not investigated, the social contract has been broken. . ( And this is) key to( the Kurdish) sense of alienation. If you carry on that way the social fabric unravels.

  2. Jeb Bush:

    I worked hard here in Texas on the Latino vote by showing respect and my language was not one of alienation but one of welcome and unity, jeb's gon na do better than that.

  3. Christine Matthews:

    There is this subset that is unhappy culturally, economically, internationally, christine Matthews is sort of exacerbating this alienation and anger and bringing it out.

  4. Raoul Vaneigem:

    The organization controlling the material equipment of our everyday life is such that what in itself would enable us to construct it richly plunges us instead into a poverty of abundance, making alienation all the more intolerable as each convenience promises liberation and turns out to be only one more burden. We are condemned to slavery to the means of liberation.

  5. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche:

    Speaking generally, punishment hardens and numbs, it produces obstinacy, it sharpens the sense of alienation and strengthens the power of resistance.

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    cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
    • A. elate
    • B. rumpus
    • C. efface
    • D. abash

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