One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Cause (someone) to be no longer on friendly terms with someone.‘he became estranged from his father’
alienate, antagonize, disaffect, make hostile, make unfriendly, destroy the affections of, turn away, drive away, distance, put at a distanceView synonyms
- ‘Their relations ultimately further estrange him from his Jewish wife.’
- ‘His language deliberately estranges the modern reader from the customary historical accounts of the past, exposing a revisionist view of America.’
- ‘A consequence of his broken marriage was the apparent attempt by his ex-wife to estrange his son from him, hence his over-indulgence of Carl's gambling habits.’
- ‘It's obvious that bad character traits such as anger, jealousy, and pride estrange a person from others.’
- ‘The songs are a little more raw this time around, though not drastically enough to estrange long-time fans.’
- ‘I thought that this was going to estrange my daughter and myself for a very long time.’
- ‘As a result, she can understand neither herself nor others, and this estranges her from her husband, her son, her American relatives, and finally, from Isabel.’
Late 15th century: from Old French estranger, from Latin extraneare ‘treat as a stranger’, from extraneus ‘not belonging to the family’, used as a noun to mean ‘stranger’. Compare with strange.
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