Definition of disaffected in English:


Line breaks: dis|af¦fect¦ed
Pronunciation: /dɪsəˈfɛktɪd


Dissatisfied, especially with people in authority or a system of control: a military plot by disaffected elements in the army
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  • You might find moments of optimism hidden among Tweedy's disaffected, disconnected lyrics.
  • We know the system is wrong when there are so many disaffected voters.
  • Very often the authorities were forced to acknowledge the wrongs inflicted on disaffected communities.
dissatisfied, disgruntled, discontented, malcontent, restless, frustrated, fed up;
disloyal, rebellious, insubordinate, mutinous, seditious, renegade, insurgent, insurrectionary, dissident, up in arms;
hostile, antagonistic, unfriendly


mid 17th century: past participle of disaffect, originally in the sense 'dislike or disorder', from dis- (expressing reversal) + affect2.



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  • Saleswomen stared disaffectedly above counters that were dark wood and polished.
  • As portrayed by Thornton, Ed Crane wanders disaffectedly through life, somehow unencumbered by the dissolution of his world.
  • Cross, on the other hand, usually stands disaffectedly in the crowd at shows, blending nicely with the rest of the jaded music fans in this city.

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