Definition of distantiate in English:


Line breaks: dis|tan¦ti|ate
Pronunciation: /dɪˈstanʃɪeɪt


[with object]
  • Set or keep (something) at a distance, especially mentally: Austen’s aesthetic forms distantiate ideology
    More example sentences
    • Thinking locally - personally - prevents us from disassociating ourselves from these potentially distantiating theories of space.
    • Mike Gene is a relatively minor player in the ID movement and has distantiated himself from many of the ID movement's approaches or claims.
    • Expect more attempts to discredit Forrest or distantiate themselves from the Wedge.



More example sentences
  • Conspicuously cultivated ironic distantiation, the flaunting of lack of commitment, is thus the only possible option.
  • And the distantiation between France and Africa, which was also a consequence of the Elf scandal has manifested itself.
  • We would expect an ironic manipulation of such images to intensify the effect of critical distantiation.


1940s: based on Latin distantia 'distance'.

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