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A modern dictionary of 5,679 Catholic terms (including abbreviations), both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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ESTRANGEMENT

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In general, alienating the affections of a person from someone. In theological terms, estrangement is the alienation of a sinner from God. It is caused by the deliberate commission of a sin, known to be grave, and results in the loss of the supernatural charity, and consequently the loss of sanctifying grace.