One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Removal or transferral of feeling; estrangement, alienation.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Robert Naunton (1563–1635), politician. From classical Latin abaliēnātiōn-, abaliēnātiō legal transfer of property, in post-classical Latin also action of rejecting (Vetus Latina), loss or failure of the mental faculties from abaliēnāt-, past participial stem of abaliēnāre + -iō.
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