Definition of disaffected in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪsəˈfɛktɪd/


Dissatisfied, especially with people in authority or a system of control: a military plot by disaffected elements in the army
More example sentences
  • 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



Example sentences
  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with disaffected

aspected, disconnected, invected, unaffected, uncollected, unconnected, uncorrected, undetected, undirected, unelected, unexpected, uninflected, unprotected, unselected, unsuspected

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