• WordNet 3.6
    • n alienation the action of alienating; the action of causing to become unfriendly "his behavior alienated the other students"
    • n alienation (law) the voluntary and absolute transfer of title and possession of real property from one person to another "the power of alienation is an essential ingredient of ownership"
    • n alienation the feeling of being alienated from other people
    • n alienation separation resulting from hostility
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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?
    • Alienation (Law) A transfer of title, or a legal conveyance of property to another.
    • Alienation A withdrawing or estrangement, as of the affections. "The alienation of his heart from the king."
    • Alienation Mental alienation; derangement of the mental faculties; insanity; as, alienation of mind.
    • Alienation The act of alienating, or the state of being alienated.
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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”).
    • n alienation The act of alienating, or the state of being alienated. In law, a transfer of the title to property by one person to another, by conveyance, as distinguished from inheritance. A devise of real property is regarded as an alienation.
    • n alienation The diversion of lands from ecclesiastical to secular ownership.
    • n alienation A withdrawing or an estrangement, as of feeling or the affections.
    • n alienation Deprivation, or partial deprivation, of mental faculties; derangement; insanity.
    • n alienation The state in which a person has completely forgotten his identity and becomes a new person, alien to his former self. This use of the term was proposed when the described mode of dissolution of personality first attracted attention; but the word having already the recognized technical meaning 1 , this employment of it has been rejected.
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  • 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.”
  • Theodore Parker
    “Wealth and want equally harden the human heart, like frost and fire both are alien to human flesh.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. aliénation, L. alienatio, fr. alienare, fr. alienare,. See Alienate


In literature:

The revolutionists were those who with alien hands and vampire's greed would seek to disturb its peace.
"The Waters of Edera" by Louise de la Ramée, a.k.a. Ouida
In all cases alike, his life-work is an effort to rob the world of its alien character, and to translate it into terms of himself.
"Browning as a Philosophical and Religious Teacher" by Henry Jones
But these are secondary and auxiliary to the true end of kindling the fire of love in his alienated heart.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)" by Alexander Maclaren
Have from my earliest childhood felt myself an alien.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
He was one of the aliens who had drifted into the Flying U outfit that spring, looking for work.
"The Happy Family" by Bertha Muzzy Bower
This alien land was no nearer the truth than he.
"Romance Island" by Zona Gale
On these grounds alien races are pronounced necessarily inferior.
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
Laborers, Alien: Discussed, 46, 152.
"Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by Theodore Roosevelt
Staying, she desired to contradict what the alien had said, but she could not do that either.
"V. V.'s Eyes" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
But our Ricky-ticky alienated Mackinnon on the very eve of publication.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair

In poetry:

Despite of alien race and creed,
Well did his wooing of Marguerite speed;
And the mother's wrath was vain
As the sister's jealous pain.
"The Bay Of Seven Islands" by John Greenleaf Whittier
No Berserk thirst of blood had they,
No battle-joy was theirs, who set
Against the alien bayonet
Their homespun breasts in that old day.
"Lexington" by John Greenleaf Whittier
You sing the songs of all the earth,
Of alien flower and alien tree:
But no one, in my grief or mirth,
Will sing Australian songs to me.
"Come, Sing Australian songs to me!" by John O Brien
Still, as I mused, the naked room,
The alien firelight died away,
And from the midst of cheerless gloom
I passed to bright unclouded day.
"A little while, a little while" by Emily Jane Bronte
These stand within thy courts and see
The light exceeding round thy throne,
But I — an alien unto thee —
I faint afar off, and alone.
"To the Spirit of Music" by Henry Kendall
Sown by some wandering Frank, it drew
Its life from alien air and earth,
And told to Paynim sun and dew
The story of the Saviour's birth.
"The Star Of Bethlehem" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

On the wall behind Leland Chee 's desk is a portrait of an Ithorian, an alien with a hammer-shaped head that you glimpse briefly in the famous Star Wars cantina scene.
SciFi Rod Lott Judging by the stupidity of Alien Opponent, Roddy Piper has plenty of bubble gum.
Anna Nicole Smith, pictured on the set of "Illegal Aliens," died in February 2007 of an accidental drug overdose at the age of 39.
Her final film "Illegal Aliens," was released in May 2007.
"At one time, we were a peaceful race of intelligent mechanical beings" says the alien robot who moonlights as a semi-trailer truck at the outset of "Transformers.
Stellar ensemble cast stars in an amusing, good-natured comedy about seniors who find a real fountain of youth, thanks to visiting aliens who leave their cocoons in a swimming pool.
Disintegrating alien planet has comet-like tail.
The characters in "Alien," Ridley Scott's 1979 SciFi blockbuster, may actually be more akin to future space-farers than our citizen heroes from NASA's Apollo era.
Carrboro Commune 's tactics, hostile even amid a measured police response, have alienated some neighbors who have been fighting the proposed CVS for two years.
Aliens, Conspiracies, & Feds, Oh My.
The first alien to emerge from the ship wore a very unfashionable hat.
Misadvised by a frustrated and panic-stricken attorney general, a president of the United States has just assumed what amounts to dictatorial power to jail or execute aliens.
When it comes to civil rights and showering people with entitlements, illegal aliens as a group are treated better in America than visiting foreigners who follow the rules.
ON Friday, Gov Jan Brewer of Arizona signed a law — SB 1070 — that prohibits the harboring of illegal aliens and makes it a state crime for an alien to commit certain federal immigration crimes.
The former "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" writer-producer would "love to be done up as one of the aliens from 'Alien Nation'.

In science:

Tambi´en hemos argumentado que la idea de universos branas, aunque a´un se encuentra en una fase muy prematura, podr´ıa de hecho agravar enormemente el problema del ‘alien´ıgena ausente’, puesto de manifiesto por primera vez por Enrico Fermi, como ya hemos mencionado.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
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