Definition of distantiate in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /dɪˈstanʃɪeɪt/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


[with object]
Set or keep (something) at a distance, especially mentally: Austen’s aesthetic forms distantiate ideology
More example sentences
  • Thinking locally - personally - prevents us from disassociating ourselves from these potentially distantiating theories of space.
  • Mike Gene is a relatively minor player in the ID movement and has distantiated himself from many of the ID movement's approaches or claims.
  • Expect more attempts to discredit Forrest or distantiate themselves from the Wedge.



Example sentences
  • Conspicuously cultivated ironic distantiation, the flaunting of lack of commitment, is thus the only possible option.
  • And the distantiation between France and Africa, which was also a consequence of the Elf scandal has manifested itself.
  • We would expect an ironic manipulation of such images to intensify the effect of critical distantiation.


1940s: based on Latin distantia 'distance'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: dis|tan¦ti|ate

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.