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Definitions of alien

  1. arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness
  2. a form of life assumed to exist outside the Earth or its atmosphere
  3. being or from or characteristic of another place or part of the world; " alien customs"; " exotic plants in a greenhouse"; " moved to a strange country"
  4. not contained in or deriving from the essential nature of something; " an economic theory alien to the spirit of capitalism"; " the mysticism so foreign to the French mind and temper"; " jealousy is foreign to her nature"
  5. transfer property or ownership; " The will aliened the property to the heirs"
  6. being or from or characteristic of another place or part of the world; " alien customs"; " exotic plants in a greenhouse"; " exotic cuisine"
  7. Not belonging to the same country, land, or government, or to the citizens or subjects thereof; foreign; as, alien subjects, enemies, property, shores.
  8. A foreigner; one owing allegiance, or belonging, to another country; a foreign- born resident of a country in which he does not possess the privileges of a citizen. Hence, a stranger. See Alienage.
  9. One excluded from certain privileges; one alienated or estranged; as, aliens from God's mercies.
  10. To alienate; to estrange; to transfer, as property or ownership.
  11. A foreigner; a person living in a country other than his own without the rights of citizenship; a stranger.
  12. Foreign: strange; different.
  13. Foreign: different in nature: adverse to.
  14. One belonging to another country: one not entitled to the rights of citizenship.
  15. A foreigner; a stranger.
  16. Foreign; strange; not akin.
  17. Foreign; strange.
  18. Of another country; foreign.
  19. An unnaturalized foreigner; a stranger.
  20. Foreign; of a different nature; adverse to.
  21. A foreigner; one born in or belonging to another country; one who has not the privileges of a citizen.
  22. A foreigner; a stranger; one born in or belonging to another country.
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Usage examples for alien

  1. She was thinking of the alien presence at the other house. – Rose MacLeod by Alice Brown
  2. If Meloa fell, it would be an alien stepping stone that could lead back eventually to Earth itself. – Victory by Lester del Rey
  3. A century and a quarter later a bitter war with an alien race in South Africa was followed by a result even more astounding. – Washington and his Comrades in Arms A Chronicle of the War of Independence by George Wrong
  4. Every language in the world has its own phrase, fresh for the stranger's fresh and alien sense of its signal significance; a phrase that is its own essential possession, and yet is dearer to the speaker of other tongues. – Essays by Alice Meynell
  5. But at the outset I felt myself not only an American alien, but an Andalusian exile. – Spanish Highways and Byways by Katharine Lee Bates
  6. I'm as alien as you. – Jimgrim and Allah's Peace by Talbot Mundy
  7. So long as he still lived, there would be nothing but danger from the alien monster in his head. – Pursuit by Lester del Rey
  8. Alien merchants were under the king's special protection. – Our Legal Heritage by S. A. Reilly
  9. Wagons piled with baggage had preceded them, but many dragged their pitiful belongings along with them, and the murmur of their alien voices rang through the bustle of the station. – The Cattle-Baron's Daughter by Harold Bindloss
  10. But such an idea was alien to Nello's frugal temperament. – The Intriguers by William Le Queux
  11. But she accepted the grating existence of the frontier with something better than resignation, and set about promptly in a wild and alien country to make a new house into a new home. – Roosevelt in the Bad Lands by Hermann Hagedorn
  12. Yet for all its alien quality Travis was sure he had seen its like before. – The Defiant Agents by Andre Alice Norton
  13. Discouragement was too alien to his sanguine temperament, else he might, with some show of reason, have abandoned all hope of struggling successfully against such odds. – Bartholomew de Las Casas; his life, apostolate, and writings by Francis Augustus MacNutt
  14. Many of them have the vote, controlled by leaders interested only in designs alien to America's welfare. – The Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit by Ralph Waldo Trine
  15. Then with a shock, as sudden as a plunge into cold water, her mind slid on to what seemed another though not an alien plane. – Beggars on Horseback by F. Tennyson Jesse
  16. Outside Rehoboth dwelt the alien. – Lancashire Idylls (1898) by Marshall Mather
  17. We professional scientists are no strange species, alien to our race. – The Unlearned by Raymond F. Jones
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