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 (fôr′ĭn, fŏr′-)
a. Located away from one's native country: on business in a foreign city.
b. Of, characteristic of, or from a place or country other than the one being considered: a foreign custom.
c. Conducted or involved with other nations or governments; not domestic: foreign trade.
2. Situated in an abnormal or improper place in the body and typically introduced from outside: a foreign object in the eye.
3. Not natural; alien: Jealousy is foreign to her nature.
4. Not germane; irrelevant.
5. Subject to the jurisdiction of another political unit.

[Middle English forein, from Old French forain, from Late Latin forānus, on the outside, from Latin forās, outside; see dhwer- in Indo-European roots.]

for′eign·ness n.
Synonyms: foreign, alien, exotic, strange
These adjectives mean of, from, or characteristic of another place or part of the world: a foreign accent; alien customs; exotic birds; moved to a strange city.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.foreignness - the quality of being alien or not native; "the strangeness of a foreigner"
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
exoticism, exoticness, exotism - the quality of being exotic; "he loved the exoticism of Egypt"
alienage, alienism - the quality of being alien
nativeness - the quality of belonging to or being connected with a certain place or region by virtue of birth or origin
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Her visitors were startled and fascinated by the foreignness of this arrangement, which recalled scenes in French fiction, and architectural incentives to immorality such as the simple American had never dreamed of.
Moreover, he had a swarthy foreignness of complexion which boded little honesty.
Rather were her words touched by a foreignness so elusive that Saxon could not analyze nor place it.
Nioche, timorously, and with a double foreignness of accent.
His foreignness had a peculiar and indelible stamp.
The story of his conquest of Sindh as the origins of Islam in the sub-continent reifies the idea of Muslim foreignness to the land, cultures, religions, histories of the sub-continent.
So long, farewell, goodbye, Theresa May-In the language of the European Union, whose pesky foreignness brought about your demise - auf wiedersehen and adieu.
The mosque for him stands for various kinds of otherness; extremism, foreignness, supremacy (through acquiring property).
Much of the alarm hovering at the borders, the gates, is stoked, it seems to me, by (1) both the threat and the promise of globalism and (2) an uneasy relationship with our own foreignness, our own rapidly disintegrating sense of belonging.
It is predicated on the notion of the performativity of translation, the Benjaminian foreignness of languages which is untranslatable and irresolvable, catalyzes the birthing of newness, the concept of culture-specific universality, and the ethical moment of being for and respecting the Other.
At the same time, 'Little Mogadishu', the title of the book and the nickname by which the area is known in the Kenyan and international press, conjures up ideas of both foreignness and danger.