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1 a state of separation between persons or groups
2 the act of isolating something; setting something apart from others [syn: closing off]
3 a feeling of being disliked and alone
4 preference for seclusion or isolation [syn: reclusiveness]
5 (psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which memory of an unacceptable act or impulse is separated from the emotion originally associated with it
6 a country's withdrawal from internal politics; "he opposed a policy of American isolation"

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First as past participle "isolated", from Italian isolato, "secluded", from isola, "island", from Latin insula, "island".



  1. The act of isolating.
  2. The state of being isolated, detached, or separated.


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The term Isolation may refer to:
In politics
In games and entertainment
In other uses

See also

isolation in Bulgarian: Изолация
isolation in Czech: Izolace
isolation in German: Isolierung
isolation in Spanish: Aislamiento
isolation in French: Isolation
isolation in Dutch: Isolatie
isolation in Japanese: アイソレーション
isolation in Japanese: 孤立
isolation in Russian: Изоляция

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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