What does the word alienation mean?

Usage examples for alienation

  1. As usual in English and Anglo- American communities, it was a quarrel over dollars, or rather over pounds sterling, a question of taxation, which was producing the alienation. – Benjamin Franklin by John Torrey Morse, Jr.
  2. It cannot be denied that at times there has been strong diversity of judgment and painful alienation of feeling, when missionaries have too closely resembled Paul and Barnabas in their sharp dispute at Antioch; but it can at the same time be most truly affirmed that with very rare exceptions discord has soon come to an end, and those who have differed widely have become attached friends, as we know Paul and Barnabas did. – Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877 by James Kennedy