Definition of disaffected in English:

disaffected

adjective

  • Dissatisfied, especially with people in authority or a system of control.

    ‘a military plot by disaffected elements in the army’
    • ‘The alibi at Westminster, in such situations, is that a disaffected member must stay, to represent his constituents.’
    • ‘We know the system is wrong when there are so many disaffected voters.’
    • ‘The terrorist recruitment base is always disaffected, radicalised youth.’
    • ‘Margo, the other day I wrote to you about being a disaffected Australian.’
    • ‘China has in fact created this huge rallying point with I would imagine, millions of disaffected people.’
    • ‘It is brain washing, profoundly unhealthy and a foundation course for turning disaffected youths into terrorists.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, a revolutionary insurrection by a disaffected Kentish mob threatens to bring anarchy to London.’
    • ‘If the Tories seem like the nasty party again, disaffected Labour folk could well slouch back home, albeit grudgingly.’
    • ‘Consumers are angry and suspicious, many health care workers are frustrated and disaffected.’
    • ‘There is also the minority of highly disaffected young men who want to control their patches.’
    • ‘Very often the authorities were forced to acknowledge the wrongs inflicted on disaffected communities.’
    • ‘Harper's not going to alienate the social conservatives of any other group of disaffected voters.’
    • ‘There have also been scandals surrounding disaffected agents.’
    • ‘Now they just make you look like a disaffected member of Generation X.’
    • ‘You might find moments of optimism hidden among Tweedy's disaffected, disconnected lyrics.’
    • ‘It is also easy to understand why residents are disaffected.’
    • ‘Still, there are plenty of disaffected people turning to jazz.’
    • ‘A spokesman for the disaffected crew said he expected the tribunal to reveal the volunteers have a strong case.’
    • ‘He said dealing with disaffected youth was also a priority.’
    • ‘Eddie has been instrumental in working with disaffected young people in the area, inspiring pride in the local community.’
    dissatisfied, disgruntled, discontented, malcontent, restless, frustrated, fed up
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Origin

Mid 17th century: past participle of disaffect, originally in the sense ‘dislike or disorder’, from dis- (expressing reversal) + affect.

Pronunciation

disaffected

/dɪsəˈfɛktɪd/