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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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