Definition of disaffection in English:



  • A state or feeling of being dissatisfied with the people in authority and no longer willing to support them.

    ‘there is growing disaffection with large corporations’
    • ‘The fact that the government itself now appears to have endorsed this view is unlikely to challenge public disaffection from the political process.’
    • ‘If government politicians do not listen to them, and ignore their concerns, political disaffection is likely.’
    • ‘The racial dimensions of that alienation and disaffection are especially troubling.’
    • ‘But there are many signs of public disaffection with the two-party system.’
    • ‘Then, disappointment and disaffection characterised the response of many.’
    • ‘Unless you do this, you will continue disability discrimination and disaffection for current and future generations of our children.’
    • ‘But sunshine and grapevines have done nothing to ease his disaffection.’
    • ‘These consequences of unprecedented growth in population undoubtedly played a part in the general malaise out of which disaffection grew.’
    • ‘However, disaffection over this issue was dwarfed by a scandal which emerged in the 1990's.’
    • ‘The abstention rate reflects the deep level of political disaffection and alienation felt by wide layers of the population.’
    • ‘The nearby army camp, which fell on Friday, was a hotbed of disaffection in mutinies in 1996 and 1997.’
    • ‘Indeed, disaffection and rebellion in Ireland convinced ministers of the necessity of parliamentary union.’
    • ‘The images are intended to convey alienation and disaffection and succeed in doing that, but not much more.’
    • ‘The new journal grew out of the general disaffection that had been floating around the discipline for years.’
    • ‘Armstrong takes his protest an intriguing step forward with this album by creating a rock opera informed by disaffection and disillusionment.’
    • ‘There is a high level of disaffection and boredom with an approach to learning which deletes joy, creativity and engagement from the process.’
    • ‘The disaffection has blossomed into outright hostility to the euro.’
    • ‘It is, rather, the latest stage of a nagging public disaffection with the EU as a political, economic and social project.’
    • ‘Such negativity intensified the ‘disillusion and disaffection of a large part of the electorate,’ he said.’
    • ‘But disaffection over the city's infrastructure is not confined to the technology companies.’
    dissatisfaction, disgruntlement, discontent, restlessness, frustration
    alienation, estrangement
    disloyalty, rebellion, insubordination, mutiny, sedition, insurgence, insurrection, dissidence
    hostility, antagonism, animosity, discord, dissension
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