KJV Dictionary Definition: alien


A'LIEN, a. alyen, L. alienus, from alius, another. L. alieno, to alienate; alter, another, to altercate.

1. Foreign; not belonging to the same country, land or government.

2. Belonging to one who is not a citizen.

3. Estranged; foreign; not allied; adverse to; as, principles alien from our religion.

A'LIEN, n. alyen.

1. A foreigner; one born in, or belonging to, another country; one who is not a denizen, or entitled to the privileges of a citizen.

2. In scripture, one who is a stranger to the church of Christ, or to the covenant of grace.

At that time, ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel. Eph. 2.

In France, a child born of residents who are not citizens, is an alien. In Great Britain, the children of aliens born in that country, are mostly natural born subjects; and the children of British subjects, owing allegiance to the crown of England, though born in other countries, are natural subjects, and entitled to the privileges or resident citizens.

Alien-duty, a tax upon goods imported by aliens, beyond the duty on the like goods imported by citizens; a discriminating duty on the tonnage of ships belonging to aliens, or any extra duties imposed by laws or edicts on aliens.


ALIENABIL'ITY, n. The capacity of being alienated or transferred.

The alienability of the domain.


A'LIENABLE, a. That may be sold, or transferred to another; as, land is alienable according to the laws of the State.


A'LIENATE, v.t. L. alieno.

1. To transfer title, property or right to another; as, to alienate lands, or sovereignty.

2. To estrange; to withdraw, as the affections; to make indifferent or averse, where love or friendship before subsisted; with from; as, to alienate the heart or affections; to alienate a man from the friends of his youth.

3. To apply to a wrong use.

They shall not alienate the first fruits of the land.

Ezek. 48.

A'LIENATE, a. L. alienatus.

Estranged; withdrawn from; stranger to; with from.

O alienate from God, O spirit accurst.

The whigs were alienate from truth.


ALIENA'TION, n. L. alienatio.

1. A transfer of title; or a legal conveyance of property to another.

2. The state of being alienated.

3. A withdrawing or estrangement, as of the heart or affections.

4. Delirium; derangement of mental faculties; insanity.

Alienation-office, in Great Britain, is an office to which all writs of covenant and entry, on which fines are levied and recoveries suffered, are carried, to have fines for alienation set and paid thereon.


A'LIENATOR, n. One that alienates or transfers property.


ALIE'NE, v.t. L. alieno.

1. To transfer title or property to another; to sell.

Nor could he aliene the estate, even with the consent of the Lord.

2. To estrange; to make averse or indifferent; to turn the affections from.

The prince was aliened from all thoughts of the marriage.

In this sense, it is more common to use alienate.


ALIENISM, n. Alyenizm. The state of being an alien.

The law was very gentle in the construction of the disability of alienism.