Definition of estrangement in US English:

estrangement

noun

  • 1The fact of no longer being on friendly terms or part of a social group.

    ‘the growing estrangement of the police from their communities’
    • ‘Even its somber rhythms, tinged with a cold electronic feeling, speak of disillusionment and estrangement.’
    • ‘The choice, however, between relationship and estrangement is entirely ours.’
    • ‘Certain social factors, such as disparities in socioeconomic status, can lead to estrangement and alienation between individuals.’
    • ‘She will sense herself diminished and her estrangement will begin.’
    • ‘Five years later, a life-altering crisis makes Tessa passionately determined to end this estrangement.’
    • ‘Such philosophers, who teach estrangement in every sense, are still strangers to one another.’
    • ‘Mr. Quinn's personal life contributed to his estrangement from the church.’
    • ‘It also visualizes her estrangement from her companions at an all-women's college at Oxford.’
    • ‘The girls confront each other about their dead mom and their growing estrangement.’
    • ‘Most of his clients are people distraught at the estrangement of a family member.’
    • ‘Society's estrangement from the future undermines the capacity to generate ideas about what needs to be done.’
    • ‘No man is capable of rectifying this state of estrangement from God.’
    • ‘The point of departure in this work is the religious individual's sense of estrangement from Western culture.’
    • ‘The mutual estrangement has obscured in many respects the view of the living unique character of the other.’
    • ‘I was aware that there had been some estrangement between the two.’
    • ‘This estrangement from her father was the hardest thing to bear.’
    • ‘Jen's account shows how deeply-felt were her experiences of estrangement from well meaning, middle-class women.’
    • ‘Her novel is not about suicide but about friendship, loyalty, family tie and estrangement in global communities.’
    • ‘The gain of a moral commonality was in most cases at the cost of an estrangement from the academic environment.’
    • ‘There is no record of estrangement or any lack of devotion towards those he had left behind.’
    alienation, turning away, antagonism, antipathy, disaffection, hostility, unfriendliness, embitteredness, isolation, variance, difference
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1 The fact of no longer living with one's spouse; separation.
      ‘a parent's rights in the event of divorce or estrangement’
      • ‘However angry with him I was, I could not stand another day of estrangement from him.’
      • ‘By 1982's Shoot Out The Lights the marriage was being openly dissected and both partners were on the way to permanent estrangement.’
      • ‘Schlegel settled in Berlin in 1802, and the increasing estrangement between them was resolved by a divorce in 1803.’
      • ‘C. Hosea was in a state of estrangement with his wife Gomer.’
      • ‘He says that my father's bankruptcy "seems to have begun an estrangement between Jabez Barwick and his wife."’
      • ‘She ended up starring in the ill fated Buffalo 66, which led to their estrangement.’
      • ‘Only a second reading will reveal that it is also the event responsible for Lewis and Priscilla's long estrangement.’
      • ‘Betjeman refused and blamed Waugh in part for the estrangement in his marriage.’
      • ‘Her marriage to Mick appears to take the brunt of it although there is no obvious reason for their estrangement.’
      • ‘Despite their estrangement, Agatha thinks constantly of James, and he of her.’
      • ‘Asked to comment on his recent estrangement from his spouse, Rempel was unapologetic.’

Pronunciation

estrangement

/ɛsˈtreɪn(d)ʒmənt//esˈtrān(d)ZHmənt/