AskDefine | Define alienation

Dictionary Definition



1 the feeling of being alienated from other people [syn: disaffection, estrangement]
2 separation resulting from hostility [syn: estrangement]
3 (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"
4 the action of alienating; the action of causing to become unfriendly; "his behavior alienated the other students"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The act of alienating.
    The alienation of that viewing demographic is a poor business decision.
  2. The state of being alienated.
  3. Emotional isolation or dissociation.


the act of alienating
the state of being alienated
emotional isolation or dissociation

Extensive Definition

Alienation may refer to:
  • Alienation (property law), the legal transfer of title of ownership to another party
  • "Alienation", the medical term for splitting apart of the faculties of the mind
  • Social alienation, the individual subject's estrangement from its community, society, or world
  • Marx's theory of alienation, the separation of things that naturally belong together, or antagonism between things that are properly in harmony
  • Alienation effect, a theatrical and cinematic device by which the audience is "alienated" from a play or film

See also

alienation in Romanian: Alienare (dezambiguizare)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abalienation, aberration, abnormality, abstraction, abulia, agreement to disagree, aloneness, aloofness, amortization, amortizement, anxiety, anxiety equivalent, anxiety state, apathy, apostasy, assignation, assignment, autism, autistic thinking, avoidance mechanism, bargain and sale, barter, bequeathal, blame-shifting, brain damage, brainsickness, brainwashing, breach, breach of friendship, break, catatonic stupor, celibacy, cession, cleavage, cleft, clouded mind, compensation, compulsion, conferment, conferral, consignation, consignment, conveyance, conveyancing, corruption, counter-culture, counterindoctrination, craziness, daftness, decompensation, deeding, defense mechanism, dejection, deliverance, delivery, dementedness, dementia, demise, depression, derangement, dereism, dereistic thinking, detachment, difference, disaccord, disaffection, disagreement, disapprobation, disapproval, disarticulation, disassociation, disconnectedness, disconnection, discontinuity, disengagement, disfavor, disjointing, disjunction, dislocation, disorientation, disparity, displacement, disposal, disposition, disruption, dissatisfaction, dissension, dissent, dissentience, dissidence, dissociation, distraction, disunion, disunity, divergence, diversity, dividedness, division, divorce, divorcement, dropping out, elation, emotional insulation, emotionalism, enfeoffment, escape, escape into fantasy, escape mechanism, escapism, estrangement, euphoria, exchange, falling-out, fantasizing, fantasy, flight, folie, folie du doute, furor, giving, hypochondria, hysteria, hysterics, incoherence, indifference, indoctrination, insaneness, insanity, insensibility, irrationality, isolation, keeping apart, lease and release, lethargy, loneliness, loneness, lonesomeness, loss of mind, loss of reason, lunacy, luxation, madness, mania, melancholia, mental deficiency, mental derangement, mental disease, mental disorder, mental distress, mental disturbance, mental illness, mental instability, mental sickness, mind overthrown, mindsickness, minority opinion, moving apart, negativism, nonagreement, nonassent, nonconcurrence, nonconformity, nonconsent, obsession, oddness, open rupture, opposition, overcompensation, parting, partition, pathological indecisiveness, pixilation, possession, preoccupation, privacy, projection, psychalgia, psychomotor disturbance, psychopathy, psychotaxis, queerness, rabidness, rationalization, reasonlessness, recall of ambassadors, recusance, recusancy, reindoctrination, rejection, removal, repudiation, resistance, rift, ruffled feelings, rupture, sale, schism, secession, seclusion, segmentation, senselessness, separateness, separation, separatism, sequestration, settlement, settling, shattered mind, sick mind, sickness, single blessedness, sociological adjustive reactions, solitariness, solitude, splendid isolation, split, strained relations, strangeness, stupor, subdivision, sublimation, substitution, subtraction, subversion, surrender, tic, trading, transfer, transference, transmission, transmittal, twitching, unbalance, unbalanced mind, underground, unresponsiveness, unsaneness, unsound mind, unsoundness, unsoundness of mind, variance, vesting, wish-fulfillment fantasy, wishful thinking, withdrawal, witlessness, zoning
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