• WordNet 3.6
    • v disaffect arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness "She alienated her friends when she became fanatically religious"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Disaffect To alienate or diminish the affection of; to make unfriendly or less friendly; to fill with discontent and unfriendliness. "They had attempted to disaffect and discontent his majesty's late army."
    • Disaffect To disturb the functions of; to disorder. "It disaffects the bowels."
    • Disaffect To lack affection for; to be alienated from, or indisposed toward; to dislike.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disaffect To alienate the affection of; make less friendly; make discontented or unfriendly: as, an attempt was made to disaffect the army.
    • disaffect To lack affection or esteem for; not to affect; dislike; stand aloof from: as, to disaffect society.
    • disaffect To throw into disorder; derange.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Disaffect dis-af-fekt′ to take away the affection of: to make discontented or unfriendly
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  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Insurrection. An unsuccessful revolution; disaffection's failure to substitute misrule for bad government.”
  • Thomas B. Macaulay
    “A church is disaffected when it is persecuted, quiet when it is tolerated, and actively loyal when it is favored and cherished.”


In literature:

The whole crew were under a general disaffection, and full of different projects, and all for want of action.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume 19" by Various
He was unwilling to believe the evidence of his senses, though he knew that there was considerable disaffection on board.
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
There was, of course, some disaffection among his generals.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
Soon several disaffected nobles joined him in Exeter.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
The upper fort, held by disaffected persons, surrendered at once.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 2 of 2" by Edgerton Ryerson
In addition he spent great sums of money by means of his agents in Rome to arouse disaffection against Octavius.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
The disaffection against Henry III.
"Mediæval Wales" by A. G. Little
As the storms lasted far into the autumn, disaffection increased apace.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
That disaffection, under its present form, is already, perhaps, on the point of unlocking its union.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 334, August 1843" by Various
The Ionians were suspected of disaffection.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
The defences of Quebec were in bad condition, the garrison was small, and there was much disaffection among the inhabitants.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
It was doubtful too if in England itself disaffection would turn into actual revolt.
"History of the English People, Volume VII (of 8)" by John Richard Green
Disaffection of constabulary and troops.
"The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays" by Ambrose Bierce
At this moment the Manx people showed signs of disaffection.
"The Little Manx Nation - 1891" by Hall Caine
Many of the disaffected Selkirkers deserted to the quarters of the Northwest Company.
"The History of Minnesota and Tales of the Frontier" by Charles E. Flandrau
The rest of the time was spent in visiting and laboring privately with the disaffected members.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
But there is a more vague and general disaffection to the world than is the outcome of any particular experience.
"The Contemporary Review, January 1883" by Various
The disaffection of the Dutch was as yet almost confined to the western border.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
The whole Crew were at this time under a general Disaffection, and full of very different Projects; and all for want of Action.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898--Volume 39 of 55" by Various
The disapproval, again, might tend to general disaffection.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen

In news:

Surely this was a moment of crisis in relations, with the pope's bombshell announcement of special structures to receive disaffected Anglicans appearing to dampen that dialogue.
In his own public display of disaffection, he's blocking couples who flaunt their love on Facebook.
"Stop," the opening track on this tempting cheese plate from Colorado pop romantic Kamtin Mohager, sets lyrics about disaffected kiddies to bopping, sampled funk.
The disaffected teens searching for a better life: John Gallagher Jr, left, and Tony Vincent.
The people were disaffected, quite liable to rise up against authority once the "Young Pretender" landed.
The disaffected young hero of this novel spends most of his time prowling the seedy underworld of Amsterdam Blue Mondays By Arnon Grunberg.
The first was a policy objective, reassuring Republican base voters and reaching out to disaffected Hillary Clinton supporters.
Disaffected laity and clergy call for liberalizing, but country's prelates hold firm on Church teachings.
The key group Corwin lost ground with seems to corresponds to what Pew calls "Disaffecteds".
The problem with writing drama about disaffection is that—who cares.
Knows racial violence, disaffection, and homelessness.
The gang down at The Village have perfected the art of disaffected distance, the science of nonchalance, the finesse of worldly disdain.
And it is times like these — times of anger and disaffection — when we turn on ourselves, and kill.
BEIJING — The United States ambassador to China made a recent visit to a mountainous region of western China, where dozens of Tibetans disaffected with Chinese rule have set themselves on fire.
Officials worry about disaffected men forming terrorism's next violent wave.