Alien

Definition of Alien

Al´ien
a.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.
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.
v. t.1.To alienate; to estrange; to transfer, as property or ownership.
The prince was totally aliened from all thoughts of . . . the marriage.
- Clarendon.

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