Definition of disaffect in English:


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


[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
  • What is it that is disaffecting them?
  • He is disaffecting his far left, and they are defecting to his opponent again.
  • That sense of humor appeals to a more youthful audience because it makes fun of the totems of society that have really disaffected youthful voters.


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

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