alienation of affection

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n alienation of affection a tort based on willful and malicious interference with the marriage relation by a third party without justification or excuse
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Usage

In literature:

This course of conduct had alienated the old bachelor's affection, once strongly fixed upon him.
"The House of the Seven Gables" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
By the union of liberality and justice, he acquired the love of the soldiers, without alienating the affections of the people.
"The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 4" by Edward Gibbon
If the cause is continued, this suspicion will corrode and increase; and the result will be, a mutual alienation of affection.
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb
There was also an affectation of pagan philosophy and of alienation from Christianity.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
No man ever drank deeper of the bitter cup of disappointed ambition and alienated affections.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
But the haughty character and stern, despotic manners of the commander had alienated from him the affections of nearly the whole of his crew.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
She has thrown you over and alienated your affections, and made herself the talk of the streets.
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
And you know, Clive, if you ever wish to hopelessly alienate my affections, you have only to deprive me of my breakfast.
"Athalie" by Robert W. Chambers
There is a spark of intelligence in his eyes, and an alien affectation in his speech.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
The League adopted the most dishonorable and criminal means to alienate from Henry the affections of the people.
"Henry IV, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
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In news:

The News & Record of Greensboro reports the jury ruled this week in 60-year-old Cynthia Shackelford's alienation of affection case.
Former state rep settles alienation of affection lawsuit.
Former state Rep Jamie Franks has settled his alienation of affection lawsuit against former Lee County schools superintendent Mike Scott.
She should have sued the hussy for "alienation of affection.".
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