• WordNet 3.6
    • n estrangement the feeling of being alienated from other people
    • n estrangement separation resulting from hostility
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Estrangement The act of estranging, or the state of being estranged; alienation. "An estrangement from God.""A long estrangement from better things."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n estrangement The act of estranging, or the state of being estranged, in any sense of that word.
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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
Cf. OF. estrangement,


In literature:

The letter to Lord L'Estrange was of a very different kind from the others.
"My Novel, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
She was not doomed to wither beneath the blight of shame, nor the coldness of estranged affection.
"Falkland, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
It had produced a state of deliberate estrangement between man and wife.
"Blind Love" by Wilkie Collins
But his conduct, since the catastrophe in Carmina's room, had produced a complete estrangement between the married pair.
"Heart and Science" by Wilkie Collins
There had been a degree of estrangement between him and his patron.
"Endymion" by Benjamin Disraeli
I have never made party differences the occasion of personal quarrel or estrangement.
"Marse Henry, Complete" by Henry Watterson
For the possession of a secret either estranges or draws together.
"The Last Hope" by Henry Seton Merriman
Why this estrangement has happened you alone can determine.
"Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
In vain I shut my windows against the moonlight; I have estranged sleep.
"The Garden of Bright Waters" by Various
He has been estranged from us all for several years, although sleeping under the same roof.
"Happiness and Marriage" by Elizabeth (Jones) Towne

In poetry:

The angels keep their ancient places;--
Turn but a stone, and start a wing!
'Tis ye, 'tis your estranged faces,
That miss the many-splendoured thing.
"The Kingdom of God" by Francis Thompson
"Why, alas! and are you he?
Be not yet those fancies changed?"
'Dear, when you find change in me,
Though from me you be estranged,
Let my change to ruin be.'
"Astrophel And Stella-Eleventh Song" by Sir Philip Sidney
Other than noon, that moon, stars —-
The once-known way becoming
Wholly other, and ourselves
Estranged, changed, suspended where
Angels are rumored, clearly
"The Great Carbuncle" by Sylvia Plath
Here in thy garden, through the sighing boughs,
Beyond the reach of time and chance and change,
And bitter life and death, and broken vows,
That sadden and estrange.
""Cease smilng, Dear! a little while be sad "" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
Is it changed, or am I changed?
Ah! the oaks are fresh and green,
But the friends with whom I ranged
Through their thickets are estranged
By the years that intervene.
"Changed. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Third)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Oh! where are the friends who in life's early morn,
With me did their journey commence;
Some are estranged, while some few still remain,
And others departed long since.
"The Evening Of Life" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow

In news:

Richard was shot to death by her estranged husband Chevel Richard on Thursday, Oct 25, at a Cottage Grove strip mall.
East Hampton Woman Stabbed to Death by Estranged Husband, Retreat to Host Forum.
Harlingen man charged with murders of estranged wife, unborn baby & another man.
Lady Antebellum Feud With Charles Kelley's ' Estranged Aunt' in Hilarious New Webisode.
Missouri woman charged with killing estranged husband.
Oneida man accused of attacking estranged wife.
Lima man kills estranged wife, daughter, then commits suicide.
Estranged couple jailed after domnestic fight.
(AP) — A 45-year-old Idaho man charged with stabbing his estranged wife after she rejected his interest in repairing the marriage has pleaded not guilty to attempted deliberate homicide.
Estranged couple jailed after domestic fight.
Chad Johnson's estranged wife Evelyn Losada says former Miami Dolphins receiver 'needs help.
GREELEY — Greeley police have issued a warrant for a man suspected of starting a fire at his estranged wife's home.
The 38-year-old Twilight actor and estranged husband of Jennie Garth was spotted last week with Thor actress Jaimie Alexander, 28.
Former Beverly Hills 90210 actress Jennie Garth and estranged husband "Twilight" star Peter Facinelli reunite on the soccer field to watch daughter Fiona's game in Los Angeles.
President Obama's historic visit to Myanmar this week seemed to herald a new era for relations between the long estranged countries.