• WordNet 3.6
    • v alienate arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness "She alienated her friends when she became fanatically religious"
    • v alienate make withdrawn or isolated or emotionally dissociated "the boring work alienated his employees"
    • v alienate transfer property or ownership "The will aliened the property to the heirs"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If the U.S. government has no knowledge of aliens, then why does Title 14, Section 1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16, 1969, make it illegal for U.S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?
    • n Alienate A stranger; an alien.
    • a Alienate Estranged; withdrawn in affection; foreign; -- with from. "O alienate from God."
    • Alienate To convey or transfer to another, as title, property, or right; to part voluntarily with ownership of.
    • Alienate To withdraw, as the affections; to make indifferent of averse, where love or friendship before subsisted; to estrange; to wean; -- with from. "The errors which . . . alienated a loyal gentry and priesthood from the House of Stuart.""The recollection of his former life is a dream that only the more alienates him from the realities of the present."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Vulcan, Alberta Canada, the tourist welcome sign is written in both English and Klingon (alien language from “Star Trek”).
    • alienate To transfer or convey, as title, property, or other right, to another: as, to alienate lands or sovereignty.
    • alienate To repel or turn away in feeling; make indifferent or averse, where love or esteem before subsisted; estrange: with from before the secondary object.
    • alienate Synonyms To deliver over, surrender, giveup.
    • alienate To disaffect.
    • alienate In a state of alienation; estranged.
    • n alienate A stranger; an alien.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Jean-Claude Van Damme was the alien in the original "Predator" in almost all the jumping and climbing scenes.
    • v.t Alienate āl′yen-āt to transfer a right or title to another: to withdraw the affections: to misapply
    • adj Alienate withdrawn: estranged
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  • Roland Barthes
    “There is only one way left to escape the alienation of present day society: to retreat ahead of it.”
  • Eugene Ionesco
    “There is no religion in which everyday life is not considered a prison; there is no philosophy or ideology that does not think that we live in alienation.”
  • R. D. Laing
    “Alienation as our present destiny is achieved only by outrageous violence perpetrated by human beings on human beings.”
  • Arthur Miller
    “Without alienation, there can be no politics.”
  • King George III
    King George III
    “Knavery seems to be so much the striking feature of its inhabitants that it may not in the end be an evil that they will become aliens to this kingdom.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. alienatus, p. p. of alienare, fr. alienus,. See Alien, and cf. Aliene


In literature:

And if you are always jealous of those around you, be sure you will soon alienate their affections.
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb
Horng's eyes closed and opened in acknowledgement, and then abruptly the alien rose to his feet.
"Warlord of Kor" by Terry Gene Carr
But he wouldn't be the first alien that has been employed in such a factory.
"Navy Boys Behind the Big Guns" by Halsey Davidson
Is the Christian church to blame for having incurred the alienation of working men?
"Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Debate Index" by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
They made every land their own, yet were aliens in all.
"The Arian Controversy" by H. M. Gwatkin
A light so vivid, so alien, that it brought him to his feet with a chill prickle of apprehension along his spine.
"Star Born" by Andre Norton
From Troy, no alien to thy race, I came.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
To him this was an alien planet, different in a thousand ways from the world where he was born and grew to manhood.
"Star Surgeon" by Alan Nourse
We Protestant French are all held alien by Catholics of our blood.
"The Lady of Fort St. John" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Even the really delicate and sustained comedy of Paul Emanuel is not quite free from this air of studying something alien.
"The Victorian Age in Literature" by G. K. Chesterton

In poetry:

In alien lands I keep the body
Of ancient native rites and things:
I gladly free a little birdie
At celebration of the spring.
"A Little Bird" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
For since the day when Warkworth wood
Closed o'er my steed, and I,
An alien from my name and blood,
A weed cast out to die,—
"The Knight of St. John" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Crave no more that antique rapture
Now in alien song to reach:
Here uncouth you cannot capture
Gracious truth of Attic speech.
"Of A Greek Poem" by Thomas MacDonagh
Then Jenny came, and I saw with shame
She'd doffed her domino;
And I had embraced an alien waist —
But I did not tell her so.
"Pink Dominoes" by Rudyard Kipling
"Because we will not, willing, give,
To feed an alien foe,
The substance, all too poor and sparse,
Our stinted fields may grow.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
'But Zion said:
My Lord forgetteth me.
Lo, she hath made her bed
In dust; forsaken weepeth she
Where alien rivers swell the sea.
"Christian And Jew" by Christina Georgina Rossetti

In news:

Set in the future, when aliens have attacked humankind twice, the story revolves around young Ender Wiggin.
The little alien head might make you think "X-Files" but it should also have you thinking high performance.
Two-Ton "Alien" Horned Dinosaur Found—"Different From Every Other ".
An argument over whether to send messages to aliens.
From "Alien" to "Prometheus": The search for extraterrestrial life.
Of the more than 700 planets discovered outside our solar system, none yet fit the description alien hunters dream about: an Earth-like planet in an Earth-like orbit around a sunlike star.
Sexy Stars Of Alien Movies.
Sexy Stars Of Alien Movies Natalie Portman experienced an alien invasion in Thor.
The US government is not in contact with any extraterrestrials from other worlds, nor has any confirmed proof of alien life been found, White House officials say.
Jodie Foster Helps Revive SETI Search for Aliens.
New study suggests aliens may be real.
Michaud provides an overview of the probabilities, promises, and risks of encountering smart aliens in Alien Civilizations: Our Hopes and Fears about Encountering Extraterrestrials .
Did aliens or God create the human race , asks Ridley Scott in 'Prometheus'.
SciFi fans are eagerly awaiting Sir Ridley Scott's Prometheus, a quasi-prequel to his 1979 blockbuster film, "Alien" that lands in theaters Friday, June 8.
Aliens Attack a Holiday Classic.

In science:

Our analysis relies on two tools: (i) the Sagnac effect which allows us to measure rotations of a coordinate system or induced by the curvature of spacetime, and (ii) computer visualizations which bring out the alien features of the G¨odel Universe.
Rotation in relativity and the propagation of light
Moreover, we bring out some of the alien features of the G¨odel Universe by presenting computer visualizations of two scenarios. 1.1.
Rotation in relativity and the propagation of light
An alien invasion fleet is interfering with the connection to the global positioning satellite.
To study the phenomenon of the Moravec's Paradox
This is an ingredient alien to the original spirit of the standard formulation.
Reverse Engineering Quantum Field Theory
However, if instead of developing computers ourselves we had been given them by an alien species, we could still hope one day to unravel the mysteries of their magic.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems