Definition of estrangement in English:

estrangement

Line breaks: es¦trange|ment
Pronunciation: /ɪˈstreɪn(d)ʒm(ə)nt
 
, ɛ-/

noun

[mass noun]
1The fact of no longer being on friendly terms or part of a social group: the growing estrangement of the police from their communities
More example sentences
  • Most of his clients are people distraught at the estrangement of a family member.
  • The gain of a moral commonality was in most cases at the cost of an estrangement from the academic environment.
  • Jen's account shows how deeply-felt were her experiences of estrangement from well meaning, middle-class women.
Synonyms
alienation, turning away, antagonism, antipathy, disaffection, hostility, unfriendliness, embitteredness, isolation, variance, difference; parting, separation, division, divorce, disunity, distance, break-up, split, breach, severance, schism
1.1The fact of no longer living with one’s spouse or partner; separation: a parent’s rights in the event of divorce or estrangement
More example sentences
  • C. Hosea was in a state of estrangement with his wife Gomer.
  • Asked to comment on his recent estrangement from his spouse, Rempel was unapologetic.
  • Betjeman refused and blamed Waugh in part for the estrangement in his marriage.

Definition of estrangement in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day anomalous
Pronunciation: əˈnɒm(ə)ləs
adjective
deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected