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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.
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  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.
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  5. "Alienation" is a musical EP of Morning Parade.
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  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 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 previewTranspersonal Psychology in Psychoanalytic Perspective (1994)

by Michael Washburn

Correspondingly, primal alienation is the basis of dualistic (self versus other) object relations.

Correspondingly, primal alienation is a way in which the ego retreats from its primary object by creating an outer shell and withdrawing into ...

Google previewAlienation After Derrida (2010)

by David Edward Rose, Simon Skempton

Alienation is the effacement of this instituting activity, of duférance, through the latter's objectification into the ossified stasis of the...

Google previewComprehensive Modern Political Analysis (2002)

by N. Jayapalan

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

Google previewEscaping Alienation (2002)

A Philosophy of Alienation and Dealienation by Warren Frederick Morris

For the former, alienation is a feature of the negative freedom of the individual — that freedom which refuses and says no. When the individual develops to a fully socialized being, the alienation of individual negative freedom disappears and is ...

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 previewSolidarity and Suffering (1998)

Toward a Politics of Relationality by Douglas Sturm

alienation is a form of relation in which the Self externalizes that which, nonetheless, participates in the communal context of the Self's own existence. In Alfred North Whitehead's language, alienation is that kind of negative prehension which ...

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 previewThe Judicial Dictionary: Judicial dictionary (1903)

by Frederick Stroud, Elsie May Wheeler, John McDonald Burke


Google previewClass in America: An Encyclopedia (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 previewInternational Encyclopedia of Political Science (2011)

by Bertrand Badie, Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Leonardo Morlino

AliEnAtion Political alienation was introduced in political and social thought in the 19th century. From the beginning, the concept was broadly, ambiguously, and inconsistently used by scholars, mainly because of its ideological connotations ...

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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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