Definition of defamiliarize in English:


Line breaks: de|fa¦mil¦iar|ize
Pronunciation: /ˌdiːfəˈmɪljərʌɪz
(also defamiliarise)


[with object]
Make (something) unfamiliar or strange: art serves to defamiliarize our experience of our own present
More example sentences
  • Not merely altering a work's style or spirit, translation robbed it of its unceasing power to defamiliarize readers with respect to their experience and to compel them to confront their own ignorance.
  • By defamiliarizing well-known buildings, some of which we may have an image of in our mind, Sugimoto compels us to consider them with renewed attentiveness.
  • These initial defamiliarizing images set the tone for the sketch's central drama-the transformations that the youth's point of view undergoes.

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