alienate

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alienate (one) from

1. To isolate or estrange one from something. Her status as the teacher's pet alienated Lisa from her peers.
2. To cause a person or group to reject something. The candidate alienated many potential voters from his party when he insulted blue-collar workers.
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alienate someone from someone or something

to cause someone to feel negative about someone or something. The teacher alienated the entire class from the subject of calculus.
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He added: "This excludes, and indeed alienates, the people of Northern Ireland.
Langston Braverman, who has returned to her parents' house after having walked out on her doctoral oral exams, struggles to regain a sense of purpose in her life, Hidden inside an almost impenetrable shell of bitterness and superciliousness, Langston alienates those she meets, because she no longer knows who she is.
Bush has also learned from his father's experience that siding with scientists gains him little politically, and often alienates conservatives.
With that, Hahn alienates another constituency that was key to his election: Valley voters.
He argues that since the Pill alienates men and women from their own fertility, it inevitably alienates them from each other.
It would be easy to give a Marxist view of this episode: that the new impersonal cash and commodity exchange economy alienates family members from each other and creates a society of isolated selfish individuals.
In the April/May 1996 issue of LawNow, our family law columnist, Rosemarie Boll, wrote about the Parental Alienation Syndrome, in which one parent consciously or subconsciously, alienates a child from the other parent through the expression of disapproval, criticism or denigration.