alienate

When you alienate people, you make them stop liking or caring about you. Show up at a conference of cat lovers with a sign around your neck that says, "I hate kittens," and you'll learn firsthand what that means.

Back in the days of Latin, before the word alien came to mean little green men from outer space, it described something or someone that was foreign or different or not known: an alien custom, an alien nation. When you alienate people, you make them WISH you were an alien, or at least that they could send you to the moon.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: alienate

1
v
arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness
2
v
transfer property or ownership
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: alienate
1

v arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness

Synonyms:
alien, disaffect, estrange
Types:
drift apart, drift away
lose personal contact over time
wean
detach the affections of
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v make withdrawn or isolated or emotionally dissociated

“the boring work alienated his employees”
Type of:
affect, impress, move, strike
have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
2

v transfer property or ownership

Synonyms:
alien
Type of:
transfer
cause to change ownership
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