estrangement

Estrangement is the feeling that you don't belong, especially when you're surrounded by other people. If you've ever had to sit by yourself in a school cafeteria, you know what estrangement feels like.

Right in the middle of the word estrangement is strange, and it provides a great clue about how to use the word. Estrangement happens when something — or someone — makes you feel like a stranger. It can describe a couple that's split up or the alienation of a former friend. The meaning hasn't changed much from its Latin root, extraneare, "treat as a stranger."

Definitions of estrangement
1

n separation resulting from hostility

Synonyms:
alienation
Type of:
isolation
a state of separation between persons or groups

n the feeling of being alienated from other people

Synonyms:
alienation, disaffection
Types:
isolation
a feeling of being disliked and alone
Type of:
dislike
a feeling of aversion or antipathy

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