• WordNet 3.6
    • n alienism the quality of being alien
    • n alienism an obsolete term for the study and treatment of mental illness
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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?
    • Alienism The status or legal condition of an alien; alienage. "The law was very gentle in the construction of the disability of alienism ."
    • Alienism The study or treatment of diseases of the mind.
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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 alienism The state of being an alien.
    • n alienism The study and treatment of mental diseases.
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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.
    • n Alienism the position of being a foreigner
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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.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. See Alien.


In literature:

How could I live an alien in that house where I had been the child?
"The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Complete" by Jean Jacques Rousseau
He turned to appease the fierce longings of his heart before which everything else was idle and alien.
"A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" by James Joyce
It was his friend the Alien.
"The British Barbarians" by Grant Allen
For Beauchamp will not even look at happiness to mourn its absence; melodious lamentations, demoniacal scorn, are quite alien to him.
"Beauchamp's Career, Complete" by George Meredith
He forgot to think that he had possibly provoked this alienation in a scornfully proud spirit.
"The Celt and Saxon, Complete" by George Meredith
He and his wife were completely alienated; but for their child, they would long ago have parted.
"The Crown of Life" by George Gissing
Thus far, both as lover and husband, in all their alienations, Hartley had been the first to yield; and it was so now.
"After the Storm" by T. S. Arthur
But they take a great many things as matters of course which are to me simply alien.
"The Altar Fire" by Arthur Christopher Benson
It sometimes happens that an owner cannot alienate, and that a nonowner can.
"The Institutes of Justinian" by Caesar Flavius Justinian
A Sovereign will always regard the freedom of the citizen as an alienated fief, which he is bound to recover.
"The Revolt of The Netherlands, Complete" by Friedrich Schiller

In poetry:

tell if I'm talking English, German or
just typewriting: that what he utters
I may enjoy as an alien rigmarole.) I ought
to outlast the limber dragonflies
"Thanksgiving for a Habitat" by W H Auden
Alien voices round the ships,
Thick as water, shouting Home.
Argives, pale as midnight foam,
Wax before her awful lips:
White as stars that front the gloom.
"Cassandra" by George Meredith
And each Australian,
And every alien
Who rides as straight as he "oughter,"
Has been fain to yield
In the hunting-field
To the prowess of Hampden's daughter.
"An Enthusiastic Sportsman Enthuses" by Harry Breaker Morant
I saw thee fleeing from the cruel light
Of thine own fame; I saw thee hide thy face
In alien dust to cover up the blight
Upon thy brow that time may yet erase.
"To C. 33" by Charles Hamilton Musgrove
No ruthless wrecker of harmonious order;
No alien heart of discord and caprice;
A beckoning light upon the Blissful Border;
A kindred element of law and peace.
"The Dark Companion" by James Brunton Stephens
Yet for this slight not my heart as alien:
What can green England show to match those regions
Save thyself only, what hath she that merits
Prouder remembrance?
"Myvanwy" by Manmohan Ghose

In news:

Men in Black' Alienating Comedy.
A failure to act would turn Latino voters from now on into a sure thing for Democrats, just as certainly as the GOP's Southern Strategy in the 1970s permanently alienated black voters.
GOP's anti-immigration tone alienating Hispanics.
Weiwei also pulls out the stories of many victimized Chinese citizens who are rurally and culturally alienated .
Parental alienation not a disorder, psychiatrists say.
Ultimate geek alienation anthem of all blessed time.
For his new show, "Fresh Fat," Wenzel is choosing to call himself an " alienated observer" of both art and life (right there with you, buddy).
The exhibition expresses and explores that alienation .
Exodus shows alienation of India's northeast.
Band finds texture, alienation in shadows.
Gates Proposal Reveals His Alienation From Procurement System.
Approach of War Reveals An Alienation in California.
Exploring Alienation Through Windows, Bare Trees and Murky Enigmas.
No president has alienated his base the way Obama has.
To help in this task, anthropologist Kathryn Denning of York University in Toronto, Canada studies the very human way that scientists, engineers and members of the public think about space exploration and the search for alien life.

In science:

Currently AliEn is being considered as the basis of middleware for numerous applications.
MammoGrid: A Service Oriented Architecture based Medical Grid Application
The design of this new middleware revolves around the ideas of AliEn. According to some discussion with the middleware experts of EGEE middleware, the interface of the new middleware will be same as that of its predecessor i.e.
MammoGrid: A Service Oriented Architecture based Medical Grid Application
That is, he advocated Humean supervenience for an “inner sphere” consisting of the non-alien worlds—defined (in his quiddistic theory of natural properties) as the worlds where any instantiated natural property is not alien to the actual world.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
He agreed that this reply had not given a reason for thinking that enduring ob jects were different in their fundamental nature from perduring ob jects, so that one or both of the disc worlds had to be alien; (in response to Haslanger (1994); cf. also Robinson 1989, p. 403-404).
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
For example most of people believe that there exist alien forms of life in the Universe.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos