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. [1913 Webster]

We must estrange our belief from everything which is not clearly and distinctly evidenced. --Glanvill. [1913 Webster]

Had we . . . estranged ourselves from them in things indifferent. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

2. To divert from its original use or purpose, or from its former possessor; to alienate. [1913 Webster]

They . . . have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods. --Jer. xix. 4. [1913 Webster]

3. To alienate the affections or confidence of; to turn from attachment to enmity or indifference. [1913 Webster]

I do not know, to this hour, what it is that has estranged him from me. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

He . . . had pretended to be estranged from the Whigs, and had promised to act as a spy upon them. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

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