Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Estrange"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Estrange \Es*trange"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Estranged}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Estranging}.] [OF. estrangier to remove, F.
['e]tranger, L. extraneare to treat as a stranger, from
extraneus strange. See {Strange}.]
1. To withdraw; to withhold; hence, reflexively, to keep at a
distance; to cease to be familiar and friendly with.

We must estrange our belief from everything which is
not clearly and distinctly evidenced. --Glanvill.

Had we . . . estranged ourselves from them in things
indifferent. --Hooker.

2. To divert from its original use or purpose, or from its
former possessor; to alienate.

They . . . have estranged this place, and have
burned incense in it unto other gods. --Jer. xix. 4.

3. To alienate the affections or confidence of; to turn from
attachment to enmity or indifference.

I do not know, to this hour, what it is that has
estranged him from me. --Pope.

He . . . had pretended to be estranged from the
Whigs, and had promised to act as a spy upon them.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

v 1: remove from customary environment or associations; "Her
busy schedule removed her from her duties as a mother"
2: arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly
been love, affection, or friendliness [syn: {alienate}, {alien},

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