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disaffect Line breaks: dis|af¦fect
Pronunciation: /dɪsəˈfɛkt/

Definition of disaffect in English:


[with object]
Make (someone) dissatisfied, especially with people in authority or a system of control; alienate: what these ads do is disaffect the voting public
More example sentences
  • His approach earned considerable funds for the school but disaffected most of the staff, who hated the idea of advertising dominating aesthetics.
  • Processions aroused particular ire among republicans, but disaffected the faithful who regarded this as an insensitive attack upon tradition.
  • Whatever has disaffected a substantial section of the support has mystified the manager and has clearly unsettled some of his players.


Early 17th century: from dis- (expressing reversal) + affect2. The original sense was 'dislike'.

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