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English adjective: alien

1. alien not contained in or deriving from the essential nature of something

SamplesAn economic theory alien to the spirit of capitalism.
The mysticism so foreign to the French mind and temper.
Jealousy is foreign to her nature.



Antonymsintrinsic, intrinsical

2. alien being or from or characteristic of another place or part of the world

SamplesAlien customs.
Exotic plants in a greenhouse.
Exotic cuisine.


Similarforeign, strange


English noun: alien

1. alien (person) a person who comes from a foreign country; someone who does not owe allegiance to your country

Synonymsforeigner, noncitizen, outlander

Broader (hypernym)traveler, traveller

Narrower (hyponym)au pair, deportee, exile, gringo, import, importee, metic


2. alien (person) anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found

Synonymsstranger, unknown

Broader (hypernym)interloper, intruder, trespasser

Narrower (hyponym)foreigner, outsider

Antonymsacquaintance, friend

3. alien (person) a form of life assumed to exist outside the Earth or its atmosphere

Synonymsextraterrestrial, extraterrestrial being

Broader (hypernym)hypothetical creature

English verb: alien

1. alien (possession) transfer property or ownership

SamplesThe will aliened the property to the heirs.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)transfer

2. alien (emotion) arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness

SamplesShe alienated her friends when she became fanatically religious.

Synonymsalienate, disaffect, estrange

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)drift apart, drift away, wean

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