- Cause (someone) to be no longer close or affectionate to someone; alienate: are you deliberately seeking to estrange your readers?More example sentences
alienate, antagonize, turn away, drive away, distance; sever, set at odds with; drive a wedge between (oneself and)
- His language deliberately estranges the modern reader from the customary historical accounts of the past, exposing a revisionist view of America.
- A consequence of his broken marriage was the apparent attempt by his ex-wife to estrange his son from him, hence his over-indulgence of Carl's gambling habits.
- Their relations ultimately further estrange him from his Jewish wife.
late 15th century: from Old French estranger, from Latin extraneare 'treat as a stranger', from extraneus 'not belonging to the family', used as a noun to mean 'stranger'. Compare with strange.