- (transitive) To cause to feel less close or friendly; alienate. To cease contact with (particularly of a family member or spouse, especially in form estranged).
- (transitive) To remove from an accustomed place or set of associations.
Largely synonymous with alienate, estrange is primarily used to mean “cut off relations”, particularly in a family setting, while alienate is rather used to refer to driving off (“he alienated her with his atrocious behavior”) or to offend a group (“the imprudent remarks alienated the urban demographic”).
When speaking of parents being estranged from a child of theirs, disown is frequently used instead, and has a stronger connotation.
- (cause to feel less close): alienate, antagonize, disaffect, isolate
- (remove from an accustomed context): wean
- Sergeant, angerest, enragest, grantees, greatens, negaters, reagents, rentages, reägents, seargent, segreant, sergeant, sternage
estrange m or f (plural estranges)
- strange; odd; bizarre
- circa 1369, Jean Froissart, Chroniques:
- Si vous alez guerroier en contree estrange
- If you're going to engage in warfare in a foreign country
- French: étrange
estrange m (oblique and nominative feminine singular estrange)
- foreigner; non-native