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Usage examples for alienate

  1. But it was not worth the while of any American politician to alienate the Irish vote, and most Americans honestly thought, not without reason, that the policy of England in Ireland had been abominable. – The Life of Froude by Herbert Paul
  2. By all the standards of his time, he would be thought to be throwing away his life if he should take steps to alienate himself from the glittering, laughing, sympathetic friends who stood about him at court. – Lafayette by Martha Foote Crow
  3. There is no spirit which you must alienate, no heart you must avert. – Sydney Smith by George W. E. Russell
  4. That is the way, Julia- that is the way wives alienate their husbands, and make any hearth pleasanter to him than his own! – Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot
  5. And, moreover, to give way to these wild desires would be simply to alienate her, to destroy all his own power with her for good. – Delia Blanchflower by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  6. And, indeed, the argument on which these acts have been hitherto defended goes altogether on the ground, that this is such a corporation as the legislature may abolish at pleasure; and that its members have no rights, liberties, franchises, property, or privileges, which the legislature may not revoke, annul, alienate, or transfer to others, whenever it sees fit. – Select Speeches of Daniel Webster by Daniel Webster
  7. No abuse on the part of the clergy, no unfair treatment, could alienate him from Christianity. – The English Church in the Eighteenth Century by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
  8. It would completely alienate all sympathy from crime; it would then be known that criminal offenders deserved the punishment they received, and justice would be able to deal with them with a firm and even hand. – Crime and Its Causes by William Douglas Morrison
  9. Every one knows how inevitably a Virginia estate, goes to ruin, when the owner is so far distant as to be unable to pay attention to it himself; and the more especially, when the line of his employment is of a character to abstract and alienate his mind entirely from the knowledge necessary to good, and even to saving management. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
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