Definition of disaffected in English:



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

    ‘a military plot by disaffected elements in the army’
    • ‘If the Tories seem like the nasty party again, disaffected Labour folk could well slouch back home, albeit grudgingly.’
    • ‘Margo, the other day I wrote to you about being a disaffected Australian.’
    • ‘A spokesman for the disaffected crew said he expected the tribunal to reveal the volunteers have a strong case.’
    • ‘The alibi at Westminster, in such situations, is that a disaffected member must stay, to represent his constituents.’
    • ‘Eddie has been instrumental in working with disaffected young people in the area, inspiring pride in the local community.’
    • ‘You might find moments of optimism hidden among Tweedy's disaffected, disconnected lyrics.’
    • ‘China has in fact created this huge rallying point with I would imagine, millions of disaffected people.’
    • ‘There is also the minority of highly disaffected young men who want to control their patches.’
    • ‘The terrorist recruitment base is always disaffected, radicalised youth.’
    • ‘There have also been scandals surrounding disaffected agents.’
    • ‘We know the system is wrong when there are so many disaffected voters.’
    • ‘Consumers are angry and suspicious, many health care workers are frustrated and disaffected.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, a revolutionary insurrection by a disaffected Kentish mob threatens to bring anarchy to London.’
    • ‘He said dealing with disaffected youth was also a priority.’
    • ‘It is also easy to understand why residents are disaffected.’
    • ‘It is brain washing, profoundly unhealthy and a foundation course for turning disaffected youths into terrorists.’
    • ‘Very often the authorities were forced to acknowledge the wrongs inflicted on disaffected communities.’
    • ‘Still, there are plenty of disaffected people turning to jazz.’
    • ‘Now they just make you look like a disaffected member of Generation X.’
    • ‘Harper's not going to alienate the social conservatives of any other group of disaffected voters.’
    dissatisfied, disgruntled, discontented, malcontent, restless, frustrated, fed up
    alienated, estranged
    disloyal, rebellious, insubordinate, mutinous, seditious, renegade, insurgent, insurrectionary, dissident, up in arms
    hostile, antagonistic, unfriendly
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Mid 17th century: past participle of disaffect, originally in the sense ‘dislike or disorder’, from dis- (expressing reversal) + affect.