alien /ˈeliən, ˈeljən/
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.
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. To alienate; to estrange; to transfer, as property or ownership. [R.] “It the son alien lands.”
The prince was totally aliened from all thoughts of . . . the marriage. --Clarendon.
adj 1: 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"
2: being or from or characteristic of another place or part of
the world; "alien customs"; "exotic plants in a
greenhouse"; "exotic cuisine" [syn: exotic]
n 1: a person who comes from a foreign country; someone who does
not owe allegiance to your country [syn: foreigner, noncitizen,
outlander] [ant: citizen]
2: anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they
are found [syn: stranger, unknown]
3: a form of life assumed to exist outside the Earth or its
atmosphere [syn: extraterrestrial being, extraterrestrial]
v 1: transfer property or ownership; "The will aliened the
property to the heirs" [syn: alienate]
2: arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly
been love, affection, or friendliness [syn: estrange, alienate,
a foreigner, or person born in another country, and therefore
not entitled to the rights and privileges of the country where
he resides. Among the Hebrews there were two classes of aliens.
(1.) Those who were strangers generally, and who owned no
(2.) Strangers dwelling in another country without being
naturalized (Lev. 22:10; Ps. 39:12).
Both of these classes were to enjoy, under certain conditions,
the same rights as other citizens (Lev. 19:33, 34; Deut. 10:19).
They might be naturalized and permitted to enter into the
congregation of the Lord by submitting to circumcision and
abandoning idolatry (Deut. 23:3-8).
This term is used (Eph. 2:12) to denote persons who have no
interest in Christ.