ALIEN

alien, exotic

(adjective) being or from or characteristic of another place or part of the world; “alien customs”; “exotic plants in a greenhouse”; “exotic cuisine”

alien, foreign

(adjective) 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”

foreigner, alien, noncitizen, outlander

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

stranger, alien, unknown

(noun) anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found

alien, alienate

(verb) transfer property or ownership; “The will aliened the property to the heirs”

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology

Noun

alien (plural aliens)

Any life form of extraterrestrial or extradimensional origin.

A person, animal, plant, or other thing which is from outside the family, group, organization, or territory under consideration.

A foreigner residing in a country.

One excluded from certain privileges; one alienated or estranged.

Synonyms

• (person, etc. from outside): fremd (rare), guest, stranger

• (foreigner): outlander; see also foreigner

• (life form of extraterrestrial origin): See also extraterrestrial

Adjective

alien (comparative more alien, superlative most alien)

Not belonging to the same country, land, or government, or to the citizens or subjects thereof; foreign.

Very unfamiliar, strange, or removed.

Pertaining to extraterrestrial life.

Verb

alien (third-person singular simple present aliens, present participle aliening, simple past and past participle aliened)

(transitive) To estrange; to alienate.

(law) To transfer the ownership of something.

Anagrams

• A-line, Aline, Elain, Elian, Elina, Nelia, aline, anile, elain, laine, liane, linea

Source: Wiktionary


Al"ien, a. Etym: [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 posses 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. Etym: [F. aliéner, L. alienare.]

Definition: 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.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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