One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Induce someone to transfer their affection from a person (such as a spouse) with legal rights or claims on them.
- ‘Dr. Chapin never attempted in any way to alienate my affections from father.’
- ‘Austerity and sternness will alienate his affections, and severe words will sting him to the quick.’
- ‘That modest discovery, with the consequent madness of incessant composition, alienated my affections from the hospital.’
- ‘The waif seemed eager to get inside, but I didn't want to alienate her affections if she had a home.’
- ‘The young man, in his efforts to extricate the young woman from her problems, manages to alienate her affections while arousing the enmity of her powerful protector.’
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