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English noun: isolation

1. isolation (state) a state of separation between persons or groups


Broader (hypernym)separation


Narrower (hyponym)alienation, anomie, anomy, concealment, detachment, estrangement, insularism, insularity, insulation, loneliness, privacy, privateness, purdah, quarantine, secrecy, solitariness, solitude, solitude

2. isolation (feeling) a feeling of being disliked and alone


Broader (hypernym)alienation, disaffection, estrangement

3. isolation (act) the act of isolating something; setting something apart from others


Synonymsclosing off


Broader (hypernym)separation


Narrower (hyponym)quarantine

4. isolation (process) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which memory of an unacceptable act or impulse is separated from the emotion originally associated with it


Broader (hypernym)defence, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defense mechanism, defense reaction


Domain categorypsychiatry, psychological medicine, psychopathology

5. isolation (act) a country's withdrawal from international politics


SamplesHe opposed a policy of American isolation.


Broader (hypernym)non-engagement, non-involvement, nonparticipation









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