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[ ahy-suh-ley-shuh-nist, is-uh- ]


  1. a person who favors or works for isolationism.


  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of isolationists or isolationism:

    to be accused of isolationist sympathies.

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Other Words From

  • anti-iso·lation·ist noun adjective
  • uni·so·lation·ist adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of isolationist1

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; isolation + -ist

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Example Sentences

Far from an isolationist who would say Americans should sit out wars because they’re messy, he is strikingly honest about foreign policy’s potential.

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Despite Iran’s entreaties, the Americans, nestled between two great oceans and comfortable with their isolationist torpor, demurred.

The United States entered the war later that year after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, effectively ending the isolationist movement in this country.

Paul, meanwhile, has taken to cyberbullying Rubio, tweeting on Friday that he is “acting like an isolationist.”

“With all due respect” because “isolationist,” Cheney knows, is a deeply politically damaging insult.

He is not a neo-isolationist or afraid to use lethal force abroad.

Establishment figures look a bit askance at the Kentucky senator because of his isolationist roots.

It really does encourage an isolationist view that negates the shared experience.

But gradually they came to accept Harry's isolationist ways as the norm—at least, for him.


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