disaffection

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n disaffection disloyalty to the government or to established authority "the widespread disaffection of the troops"
    • n disaffection the feeling of being alienated from other people
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Disaffection Disorder; bad constitution.
    • Disaffection State of being disaffected; alienation or want of affection or good will, esp. toward those in authority; unfriendliness; dislike. "In the making laws, princes must have regard to . . . the affections and disaffections of the people."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n disaffection Alienation of affection, attachment, or good will; estrangement; or, more generally, positive enmity, dislike, or hostility; disloyalty: as, the disaffection of a people to their prince or government; the disaffection of allies; disaffection to religion.
    • n disaffection In a physical sense, disorder; constitutional defect.
    • n disaffection Synonyms Dissatisfaction, ill will, hostility, disloyalty.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Disaffection state of being disaffected: want of affection or friendliness: disloyalty: hostility: ill-will
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Quotations

  • Ambrose Bierce
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    “Insurrection. An unsuccessful revolution; disaffection's failure to substitute misrule for bad government.”
  • Thomas B. Macaulay
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    “A church is disaffected when it is persecuted, quiet when it is tolerated, and actively loyal when it is favored and cherished.”

Usage

In literature:

Drawing his sword and putting spur to his horse, he dashed in among the disaffected men.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
The disaffected, whether in religion or politics, make that unhappy lady their rallying-point.
"The Golden Grasshopper" by W.H.G. Kingston
The next day evidence was given of the wide spread of the disaffection.
"Happy Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
But the leader of the disaffected against an established government has a difficult task.
"The King's Own" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Silently and skilfully, the Tories, the Irish, and the disaffected Liberals laid their plans.
"Fifteen Chapters of Autobiography" by George William Erskine Russell
Nevertheless it is important that he should be crushed, as he dwells in the heart of a disaffected district.
"Erling the Bold" by R.M. Ballantyne
I hope I didn't bring the seeds of disaffection with me.
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
None of these ever seceded or became disaffected, but throughout the war the utmost cordiality prevailed between them and the central office.
"Woman's Work in the Civil War" by Linus Pierpont Brockett
But there is much disaffection among the people at large.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
The war continues to be carried on solely in the disaffected region.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 1, July, 1863" by Various
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In news:

In his own public display of disaffection, he's blocking couples who flaunt their love on Facebook.
Playwright Kenneth Lonergan is, among other things, a poet of confused and disaffected youth.
"Stop," the opening track on this tempting cheese plate from Colorado pop romantic Kamtin Mohager, sets lyrics about disaffected kiddies to bopping, sampled funk.
Closing Time at the Club of Disaffection.
What if therapists could use it to bring disaffected couples together again.
Jews in France fearful amid wave of attacks, blame disaffected Muslim youth.
Michelle Obama's Pitch to Disaffected Democrats.
He's all charisma and disaffection.
From the jangling disaffection of "Caring Is Creepy," to the mournful, infamously synced "New Slang," the Portland, Oregon-based band's debut never needed a hype machine to make it worthy of repeat spins.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo has disaffected youth and poverty, but political networks there are not strong enough to sustain large protests against a government that would likely use force.
Robert Pattinson plays a disaffected billionaire who sees lots of stuff from his limousine window, in David Cronenberg's directionless Cosmopolis.
The Unmooring of American Military Power, and it is an anthropologically useful document of the new American disaffection with American force.
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.
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