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Definition of the noun alienation

What does alienation mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: alienations

  1. the feeling of being alienated from other people
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • synonyms of alienation: disaffection / estrangement
    • more generic word: dislike = a feeling of aversion or antipathy
    • more specific word: isolation = a feeling of being disliked and alone
  2. separation resulting from hostility
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of alienation: estrangement
    • more generic word: isolation = a state of separation between persons or groups
  3. (law) the voluntary and absolute transfer of title and possession of real property from one person to another
    • example: the power of alienation is an essential ingredient of ownership
    • domain: jurisprudence / law
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: transfer / transference = transferring ownership
  4. the action of alienating; the action of causing to become unfriendly
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: action = something done

Alternative definition of the noun alienation


  1. The act of alienating.
  2. The state of being alienated.
  3. Emotional isolation or dissociation.


  1. "Alienation" is a 2013 drama film written by Milko Lazarov, Georgi Tenev and Kitodar Todorov and directed by Milko Lazarov.
  2. "Alienation" is a short film, directed by Silvia Carpizo.


  1. "Alienation" is a musical album of Slut.
    • released on
  2. "Alienation" is a musical album of YBO².
    • released in (29 years ago)
  3. "Alienation" is a composition.
  4. "Alienation" is a musical single of The Ill-Fitting Garibaldis.
    • released on
  5. "Alienation" is a musical EP of Morning Parade.
    • released on
  6. "Alienation" is a musical album of TD+.
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  7. "Alienation" is a musical album of Apoteom.
  8. "Alienation" is a musical album of Banished Force.
    • released in (6 years ago)
  9. "Alienation" is a musical EP of Noise Factory.
    • released in (23 years ago)
  10. "Alienation" is a musical single of Crisis.
    • released in (34 years ago)


Alienation is a record label.


Alienation a.k.a. Social alienation: Alienation, a sociological concept developed by several classical and contemporary theorists, is "a condition in social relationships reflected by a low degree of integration or common values and a high degree of distance or isolation between individuals, or between an individual and a group of people in a community or work environment." The concept has many discipline-specific uses, and can refer both to a personal psychological state and to a type of social relationship.

Phrases with Alienation

  1. alienation of affection
  2. Parental alienation syndrome

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Alienation

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Disability (2005)

by Gary L Albrecht

Alienation is the act of withdrawing a person's affections from something else. One can alienate another person, a group...

Alienation is a process that develops in an ongoing relationship between an individual and ...

Google previewExplorations in Classical Sociological Theory (2010)

Seeing the Social World by Kenneth Allan

The problem with understanding our Remington and McDonald's examples as alienation is that it focuses on the subjective experience of the worker.

Definition—Alienation Alienation is a concept in Marx's theory of the effects of capitalism on consciousness and...

The word alienation means to be separated from; it also implies that there is something that faces humans as an unknown or alien object.

Google previewRacism Matters (1998)

by William D. Wright

Alienation is a provocative subject, and it has therefore had various kinds of interpretations.

Alienation means being disenchanted, dispirited, hostile to, separated from, not belonging to, not being fulfilled while belonging, being...

Alienation is an exciting dimension of human existence and an exciting thing to study.

Google previewSubjective Darkness (2017)

Depression as a Loss of Connection, Narrative, Meaning, and the Capacity for Self-Representation by Meredith Lynn Friedson

Existentially speaking, alienation is a fact of life; Oliver (2004) describes “ psychic space” as “the result of a primary...

on itself to become self-conscious, then debilitating alienation is the subject being turned inside out to become an object ...

Google previewPerspectives on Human Conducts (1988)

by Nātān Rôṭenšṭraik̲

Hence alienation is the peak of the cognitive escalation of man.

Google previewComprehensive Modern Political Analysis (2002)

by N. Jayapalan

Meaning Alienation means estrangement or maladjustment. It refers to a state of indifference...

Google previewOn Law and Ideology (1979)

by Paul H. Hirst

Alienation is the displacement of immediacy, the creation of social relations which involve the mediation of the subject's product (history) to it in forms it does not recognise. Constitutivity is displaced, the subject is no longer constitutive of or to ...

Google previewShakespeare Survey (2002)

by Kenneth Muir

alienation means divestiture of the self, the loss of subjectivity; a turning inside out...

'Alienation is an essentially sociological concept, the real meaning of which is lost, or restricted and falsified, when it ...

Google previewCritical Concepts in Management and Organization Studies (2011)

Key Terms and Concepts by Peter Stokes

Alienation is the emergence of a sense of separation (in contrast to affinity and affiliation) between people, groups, tasks, roles or entities. Alienation...

Google previewThe Judicial Dictionary: Judicial dictionary (1903)

by Frederick Stroud, Elsie May Wheeler, John McDonald Burke


Google previewEncyclopedia of Community (2003)

From the Village to the Virtual World by DAVID LEVINSON, KAREN CHRISTENSEN

alienation was the general condition for most people, whether in factories, offices, or stores. German philosopher Georg Simmel (1858–1918) saw the metropolis as the seat of the rational, monetary economy, with heightened individualism ...

Google previewClass in America: An Encyclopedia [3 volumes] (2007)

An Encyclopedia by Robert E. Weir

KAREN BETTEZ HALNON Alienation is a term used in sociology, critical social theory, and more generally among Marxists to refer to an activity or a state in which a person, a group, an institution, or a society becomes estranged. For example ...

Google previewDictionary Of Sociology

by Subberwal

Alienation Literally, alienation means estrangement or separation. While the term alienation was given by Ficht, the concept was originally associated with G. W. F. Hegel who considered it to be purely an intellectual phenomenon, the result of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Race and Crime (2009)

by Helen Taylor Greene, Shaun L. Gabbidon

Controversy regarding cultural and political alienation exists because some cultural and ethnic groups have a more difficult time obtaining citizenship than others. For example, of the estimated 8.5 million illegal aliens in the United States , 4.5 ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy (2002)

by R. J. Barry Jones

`Alienation' has two main meanings. First, it can refer to the transfer of ownership of a particular object. Second, it can refer to the estrangement from or loss of one's personality or true self. Alienation was particularly prevalent in social contract ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy: Entries A-F (2001)

by R. J. Barry Jones

'Alienation' has two main meanings. First, it can refer to the transfer of ownership of a particular object. Second, it can refer to the estrangement from or loss of one's personality or true self. Alienation was particularly prevalent in social contract ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education (2008)

by Eugene F. Provenzo, Jr.

Broadly speaking, alienation is an unhappy, unwelcome, and/or indifferent metaphysical disconnect between a person or group of people and something else. Alienation has been studied in all the social sciences and by philosophers and ...

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Quotes about Alienation

Alienation as our present destiny is achieved only by outrageous violence perpetrated by human beings on human beings. (R. D. Laing)
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Scrabble value of A1L1I1E1N1A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 10-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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