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.

Definitions of alienate
  1. verb
    arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness
    synonyms: alien, disaffect, estrange
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    drift apart, drift away
    lose personal contact over time
    detach the affections of
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  2. verb
    make withdrawn or isolated or emotionally dissociated
    “the boring work alienated his employees”
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    type of:
    affect, impress, move, strike
    have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
  3. verb
    transfer property or ownership
    synonyms: alien
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    type of:
    cause to change ownership
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