Definition of estrange in English:



  • Cause (someone) to be no longer on friendly terms with someone.

    ‘he became estranged from his father’
    • ‘Their relations ultimately further estrange him from his Jewish wife.’
    • ‘It's obvious that bad character traits such as anger, jealousy, and pride estrange a person from others.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The songs are a little more raw this time around, though not drastically enough to estrange long-time fans.’
    • ‘His language deliberately estranges the modern reader from the customary historical accounts of the past, exposing a revisionist view of America.’
    alienate, antagonize, disaffect, make hostile, make unfriendly, destroy the affections of, turn away, drive away, distance, put at a distance
    sever connections between, set against, set at variance, set at odds with, make hostile to, drive a wedge between, cause antagonism between, sow dissension between
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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.