V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to alienate oneself from friends or family; 2. to lose or cause to lose the affection of someone with whom you were previously close; 3. to become alienated from former customs or traditions

Synonyms: alienate, separate, disaffect, embitter, anger, antagonize

Antonyms: reconcile, ingratiate, endear

Tips: Estrange comes from the Latin word extraneare, "to treat as a stranger." You can estrange (alienate) yourself from someone or something due to anger, disillusion, or other reasons. Likewise, you and another person or thing can become estranged (adjective) and lose touch. Estrange is a common term when referring to family members who have stopped speaking to one another--they are said to be estranged. If you estrange someone or you become estranged, you essentially become "strangers."

Usage Examples:

My sister and I became estranged after I found out that she had slept with my husband. (separated, alienated [from one another]) adjective

Alan forced Michelle to estrange herself from her Christmas traditions after she converted to the Jewish faith. (alienate, separate)

Lainie estranged me when she chose to ignore our friendship for over two months. (alienated, disaffected)

I fear I may have estranged him when I spoke ill of his mother. (angered, antagonized)

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