[ UK /ˈe‍ɪli‍ən/ ]
[ US /ˈeɪɫiən/ ]
  1. transfer property or ownership
    The will aliened the property to the heirs
  1. a form of life assumed to exist outside the Earth or its atmosphere
  2. anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found
  3. a person who comes from a foreign country; someone who does not owe allegiance to your country
  1. being or from or characteristic of another place or part of the world
    alien customs
    exotic plants in a greenhouse
    exotic cuisine
  2. not contained in or deriving from the essential nature of something
    the mysticism so foreign to the French mind and temper
    jealousy is foreign to her nature
    an economic theory alien to the spirit of capitalism
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How To Use alien In A Sentence

  • Through her suit, Suzie Nova felt the diamantine exterior of the alien contraption throb faintly below her feet, alive with incomprehensible energies that course through it like blood through arteries.
  • Baffler editors have called commodification of dissent stretches back to Adorno and Horkheimer's Dialectic of Enlightenment and is alive and well in what he calls the "alienation market" in which films like Fahrenheit 9 / 11 either already have or are destined to make bundles (relatively speaking, of course). GreenCine Daily
  • But even these alienated loners can benefit from this book: See the section on astral love.
  • The geography was utterly alien to Patrick, although his unfamiliarity with the picture could have been attributed to the gaps.
  • This was the theory of alienation whereby the audience, already familiar with the story line, does not get caught up with the narrative.
  • This day wilt thou either bring back in triumph the gory head and spoils of Aeneas, and we will avenge Lausus 'agonies; or if no force opens a way, thou wilt die with me: for I deem not, bravest, thou wilt deign to bear an alien rule and a Teucrian lord.' The Aeneid of Virgil
  • In the child's imagination, fuelled by science-fiction, the aliens are about to land.
  • They don't really have a choice Born helpless, nude and unable to provide for himself, Lore Sjöberg eventually overcame these handicaps to become an alien, an aileron and an ailurophile. Lore Sj
  • But the outburst served to confirm the extent of his alienation from reality.
  • Foreign – save for a kedgeree or two from the Raj – was alien fare. The past in a pineapple ring | Peter Preston
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