Dereliction vs Alienate - What's the difference?

dereliction | alienate |


As nouns the difference between dereliction and alienate

is that dereliction is willful neglect of one's duty while alienate is (obsolete) a stranger; an alien.

As an adjective alienate is

estranged; withdrawn in affection; foreign; with from .

As a verb alienate is

to convey or transfer to another, as title, property, or right; to part voluntarily with ownership of.

dereliction

English

Noun

  • willful neglect of one's duty
  • The new soldier did not clean his cabin and was scolded for dereliction and disobedience.
    What he did was a terrible dereliction of duty.
  • the act of abandoning something, or the state of being abandoned
  • alienate

    English

    Adjective

    (-)
  • Estranged; withdrawn in affection; foreign; with from .
  • O alienate from God''. (John Milton). ''Paradise Lost line 4643.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A stranger; an alien.
  • Verb

    (alienat)
  • To convey or transfer to another, as title, property, or right; to part voluntarily with ownership of.
  • To estrange; to withdraw affections or attention from; to make indifferent or averse, where love or friendship before subsisted; to wean.
  • * (rfdate) (Thomas Babington Macaulay):
  • The errors which alienated a loyal gentry and priesthood from the House of Stuart.
  • * (rfdate) (Isaac Taylor):
  • The recollection of his former life is a dream that only the more alienates him from the realities of the present.

    Usage notes

    Alienate'' is largely synonymous with estrange. However, ''alienate'' is used primarily to refer to driving off (“he ''alienated'' her with his atrocious behavior”) or to offend a group (“the imprudent remarks ''alienated'' the urban demographic”), while ''estrange is used rather to mean “cut off relations”, particularly in a family setting.

    Synonyms

    * (estrange) estrange, antagonize, isolate

    References

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