- an act or instance of isolating.
- the state of being isolated.
- the complete separation from others of a person suffering from contagious or infectious disease; quarantine.
- the separation of a nation from other nations by isolationism.
- Psychoanalysis. a process whereby an idea or memory is divested of its emotional component.
- Sociology. social isolation.
Origin of isolation
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Related Words for isolationsolitude, desolation, confinement, segregation, remoteness, privacy, quarantine, sequestration, aloofness, detachment, withdrawal, exile, aloneness, concealment, retreat, hiding, reclusion, monkhood, seclusiveness
Examples from the Web for isolation
Contemporary Examples of isolation
“Isolation has not worked,” said Obama from the White House.Obama Realizes What 10 Presidents Didn’t: Isolating Cuba Doesn’t Work
December 18, 2014
Now that they had the isolation chamber, it was up to Phoenix to find a plane to carry it.The American Ebola Rescue Plan Hinges on One Company. Meet Phoenix.
November 22, 2014
He was one of six children who had been in the Ebola isolation center that had been overrun.The Photojournalist Who Stared Down Ebola
November 8, 2014
She came into the isolation center with a [temperature] of 40 degrees [104 Fahrenheit], and that was too high for a 6-year-old.‘Her Survival Was a Miracle’: The 6-Year-Old Who Beat Ebola
Wade C.L. Williams
October 23, 2014
That moment helped me with this journey--between the faith and the physical preparation of training and isolation with hot yoga.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother
October 19, 2014
Historical Examples of isolation
In the light of morning the isolation of the inn is more apparent than at night.Yorkshire Painted And Described
I confess that there was something eerie in the isolation and remoteness of St. nimie.The Roof of France
Otherwise why the pedigree, why the rigid castes, the isolation of women?
The Jews were very troublesome among us in the days before the isolation.
O divine sensibility, defend me from this isolation of the heart!Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
- the act of isolating or the condition of being isolated
- (of a country, party, etc) nonparticipation in or withdrawal from international politics
- social separation of a person who has or is suspected of having a contagious diseaseCompare quarantine
- (as modifier)an isolation hospital
- sociol a lack of contact between persons, groups, or whole societies
- social psychol the failure of an individual to maintain contact with others or genuine communication where interaction with others persists
- in isolation without regard to context, similar matters, etc
Word Origin and History for isolation
1800, noun of action from isolate, or else from French isolation, noun of action from isoler (see isolated).
- The act of isolating or the state of being isolated.