One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Make (someone) dissatisfied, especially with people in authority or a system of control; alienate.‘what these ads do is disaffect the voting public’
make bitter, make resentful, sour, anger, poison, envenom, make rancorous, jaundice, antagonize, vex, frustrate, alienateView synonyms
- ‘If you do this not only to people who may or may not be guilty, but to a whole community, how can you not expect this action to radicalize and disaffect that community?’
- ‘She avoids scholarly apparatus that would disaffect Hughes's loyal readership in particular and a literate public in general.’
- ‘Losing these families is the normal wear and tear of school life - although I would not pretend that we have not disaffected some people along the way.’
- ‘Ferguson's departure ago must be seen as the key catalyst for Rangers' slide since and it has subsequently disaffected other senior players such as Moore.’
- ‘That sense of humor appeals to a more youthful audience because it makes fun of the totems of society that have really disaffected youthful voters.’
- ‘Crime has reduced significantly, but poor educational attainment, poor housing and high unemployment continue to disaffect whole communities.’
- ‘His approach earned considerable funds for the school but disaffected most of the staff, who hated the idea of advertising dominating aesthetics.’
- ‘What is it that is disaffecting them?’
- ‘He is disaffecting his far left, and they are defecting to his opponent again.’
- ‘Whatever has disaffected a substantial section of the support has mystified the manager and has clearly unsettled some of his players.’
- ‘Processions aroused particular ire among republicans, but disaffected the faithful who regarded this as an insensitive attack upon tradition.’
Early 17th century: from dis- (expressing reversal) + affect. The original sense was ‘dislike’.
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