Definitions for: Alien


[n] a form of life assumed to exist outside the Earth or its atmosphere
[n] a person who comes from a foreign country; someone who does not owe allegiance to your country
[n] anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found
[adj] 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"
[adj] 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"
[v] arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness



Webster (1913) Definition: Al"ien, a. [OF. alien, L. alienus, fr. alius another;
properly, therefore, belonging to another. See Else.]
1. Not belonging to the same country, land, or government, or
to the citizens or subjects thereof; foreign; as, alien
subjects, enemies, property, shores.

2. Wholly different in nature; foreign; adverse; inconsistent
(with); incongruous; -- followed by from or sometimes by
to; as, principles alien from our religion.

An alien sound of melancholy. --Wordsworth.

Alien enemy (Law), one who owes allegiance to a government
at war with ours. --Abbott.


Al"ien, n.
1. 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.

2. One excluded from certain privileges; one alienated or
estranged; as, aliens from God's mercies.

Aliens from the common wealth of Israel. --Ephes.
ii. 12.


Al"ien, v. t. [F. ali['e]ner, L. alienare.]
To alienate; to estrange; to transfer, as property or
ownership. [R.] ``It the son alien lands.'' --Sir M. Hale.

The prince was totally aliened from all thoughts of . .
. the marriage. --Clarendon.

Synonyms: alienate, disaffect, estrange, exotic, extraterrestrial, extraterrestrial being, extrinsic, foreign, foreigner, noncitizen, outlander, strange, stranger, unknown

Antonyms: citizen

See Also: alter, au pair, change, deportee, drift apart, drift away, exile, gringo, hypothetical creature, import, importee, interloper, intruder, metic, outsider, traveler, traveller, trespasser, wean

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