Definition of distantiate in English:

distantiate

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Set or keep (something) at a distance, especially mentally.

    ‘Austen's aesthetic forms distantiate ideology’
    • ‘Mike Gene is a relatively minor player in the ID movement and has distantiated himself from many of the ID movement's approaches or claims.’
    • ‘Thinking locally - personally - prevents us from disassociating ourselves from these potentially distantiating theories of space.’
    • ‘Expect more attempts to discredit Forrest or distantiate themselves from the Wedge.’

Origin

1940s: based on Latin distantia distance.

Pronunciation:

distantiate

/dɪˈstanʃɪeɪt/