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alienate

Legal Definition of alienate

Verb

  1. To sell or give completely and without reserve
  2. To transfer title to somebody else. A voluntary conveyance of property, especially real property.

Definition of alienate

Etymology

    Latin alienatus, past participle of alienare, from alienus. See alien, and confer aliene.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈeɪ.li.ə.neɪt/, SAMPA: /"eI.li.@.neIt/

Adjective

alienate (not comparable)

  1. Estranged; withdrawn in affection; foreign; with from.

    alienate from God. John Milton. Paradise Lost line 4643.

Noun

alienate (plural alienates)

  1. (obsolete) A stranger; an alien.

Verb

to alienate (third-person singular simple present alienates, present participle alienating, simple past and past participle alienated)

  1. To convey or transfer to another, as title, property, or right; to part voluntarily with ownership of.
  2. To estrange; to withdraw affections or attention; to make indifferent or averse, where love or friendship before subsisted; to wean; with from.

    The errors which... alienated a loyal gentry and priesthood from the House of Stuart. - Thomas Babington Macaulay.
    The recollection of his former life is a dream that only the more alienates him from the realities of the present.- Isaac Taylor.

Synonyms

References

  • alienate in Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

References:

  1. Wiktionary. Published under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.



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