Definition of defamiliarization in English:

defamiliarization

noun

  • In literature and other forms of artistic production: the effect or technique of disrupting the reader's or audience's habitual perception of the world and making familiar elements in a text, play, etc., seem strange and fresh, especially by means of drawing attention to the language or formal devices used. Later also more generally: the fact or process of rendering something unfamiliar.

Origin

1950s; earliest use found in Mainstream. From de- + familiarization, partly after German Verfremdung, and partly after its model Russian ostranenie.

Pronunciation

defamiliarization

/ˌdiːfəˌmɪlɪərʌɪˈzeɪʃn/