• WordNet 3.6
    • v estrange arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness "She alienated her friends when she became fanatically religious"
    • v estrange remove from customary environment or associations "years of boarding school estranged the child from her home"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Estrange To alienate the affections or confidence of; to turn from attachment to enmity or indifference. "I do not know, to this hour, what it is that has estranged him from me.""He . . . had pretended to be estranged from the Whigs, and had promised to act as a spy upon them."
    • Estrange To divert from its original use or purpose, or from its former possessor; to alienate. "They . . . have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods."
    • Estrange To withdraw; to withhold; hence, reflexively, to keep at a distance; to cease to be familiar and friendly with. "We must estrange our belief from everything which is not clearly and distinctly evidenced.""Had we . . . estranged ourselves from them in things indifferent."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • estrange Foreign; strange.
    • estrange Reserved; haughty.
    • n estrange A stranger; a foreigner.
    • estrange To alienate; divert from its original use or possessor; apply to a purpose foreign to its original, proposed, or customary one.
    • estrange To alienate the affections of; turn from kindness to indifference or enmity; turn from intimate association to strangeness, indifference, or hostility.
    • estrange To keep at a distance; withdraw; withhold: generally used reflexively.
    • estrange To cause to appear strange or foreign.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Estrange es-trānj′ to treat as an alien: to alienate: to divert from its original use or possessor
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  • Mary Elizabeth Braddon
    Mary Elizabeth Braddon
    “When once estrangement has arisen between those who truly love each other, everything seems to widen the breach.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “All in all, punishment hardens and renders people more insensible; it concentrates; it increases the feeling of estrangement; it strengthens the power of resistance.”
  • Anne Morrow Lindbergh
    “When one is a stranger to oneself then one is estranged from others too.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. estrangier, to remove, F. étranger, L. extraneare, to treat as a stranger, from extraneus, strange. See Strange
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. estranger (Fr. étranger)—L. extraneāreextraneus. See Strange.


In literature:

No doubt he has told her all manner of lies about me, and so contrived to estrange that faithful heart.
"Fenton's Quest" by M. E. Braddon
Nature had made Philippa L'Estrange beautiful, circumstances had helped to make her proud.
"Wife in Name Only" by Charlotte M. Braeme (Bertha M. Clay)
By Sir Roger l'Estrange.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
Nor was Joseph sure that his mind was not estranged from him.
"The Brook Kerith" by George Moore
Our enemies are brothers from whom we are estranged.
"Principles of Freedom" by Terence J. MacSwiney
Antonyms: enmity, estrangement, alienation, disaffection, hostility, aloofness.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
He felt himself to be severed from the sources of his inspiration; estranged, profoundly and eternally, from the beauty he desired.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
He had not realised how fond he was of her until this estrangement between them had arisen.
"The Elephant God" by Gordon Casserly
But the old comrades, estranged by traitory, were never to clasp again.
"Helmet of Navarre" by Bertha Runkle
Sir Roger L'Estrange died 1704.
"Leaves of Life" by Margaret Bird Steinmetz

In poetry:

Light in thy light the blind may see,
No more by sin estranged;
Light in the Lord, so let us be
Into thine image changed.
"Father of light, and life, and love!" by James Montgomery
Do you forget how o'er us rolled
The tides of feeling uncontrolled,
Before your love knew wound or scar,
O friend estranged?
"O Friend Estranged" by Oscar Fay Adams
Oh, could the years turn back, love!
Oh, could events be changed
To what they were that time, love,
Before we were estranged;
"An Old Memory" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
We live estranged afar from God,
And love the distance well;
With haste we run the dangerous road
That leads to death and hell.
"Hymn 159" by Isaac Watts
And this perplexity of strife
Not all estranged leaves our heart;
England is ours yet, and her life
Has yet in ours the purest part.
"The Men Who Loved The Cause That Never Dies" by John Freeman
The man whom legal precepts chase,
As yet estrang'd to sov'reign grace,
Mistaking evangelic charms,
As if they stood on legal terms.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine

In news:

Political right estranged from reality.
A shooting in Joplin has left a woman and her estranged husband in critical condition.
Estranged husband of slain Fla.
The estranged husband of a Florida woman found dead in the closet of her Miami area home next to the bodies of her two young daughters is being questioned by police, CBS Miami reports.
Estranged husband of Fla.
Estranged husband killed, raped wife, stepchild.
Lonnie Norton, 49, was arrested Sunday, Nov 11, 2012, after police say he kidnapped his estranged wife, raped her and held her hostage for five hours.
He was convicted in the June 2010 strangulation death of his estranged wife, Michelle Rivera.
Tina Simpson 'losing it' as reports swirl her estranged husband had relationships with young men.
Savannah-Chatham police charge estranged boyfriend with murder in Wednesday death.
Savannah-Chatham police Saturday charged the estranged boyfriend of a woman found dead in her apartment on Halloween with murder.
A public safety officer suspected in the shooting of his estranged wife was hospitalized Thursday with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Woman broke into estranged husband's apartment, destroyed belongings.
A Eugene man who drove over his estranged wife's fitness instructor while he was walking his dog was convicted Thursday of attempted murder.
(AP) — A Eugene man who drove over his estranged wife's fitness instructor while he was walking his dog was convicted Thursday of attempted murder.