What does the word alienate mean?

Usage examples for alienate

  1. Perhaps they feared, on seeing us on such a friendly footing with him, that we would be able to alienate him from their cause, or that he would confide things to us that we ought not to know. – The Romance of Old New England Rooftrees by Mary Caroline Crawford
  2. These princes alone have states and do not defend them; and they have subjects and do not rule them; and the states, although unguarded, are not taken from them, and the subjects, although not ruled, do not care, and they have neither the desire nor the ability to alienate themselves. – The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli