One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Cause (someone) to be no longer close or affectionate to someone; alienate.‘are you deliberately seeking to estrange your readers?’
alienate, antagonize, disaffect, make hostile, make unfriendly, destroy the affections of, turn away, drive away, distance, put at a distanceView synonyms
- ‘His language deliberately estranges the modern reader from the customary historical accounts of the past, exposing a revisionist view of America.’
- ‘Their relations ultimately further estrange him from his Jewish wife.’
- ‘The songs are a little more raw this time around, though not drastically enough to estrange long-time fans.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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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