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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Definitions for isolato

  1. a person who is spiritually isolated from or out of sympathy with his or her times or society.

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Citations for isolato
Also, in the years since the events you are investigating, my life has been that of an isolato, a shepherd on a mountaintop, situated as far from so-called civilization as possible, and it has made me unnaturally brusque and awkward. Russell Banks, Cloudsplitter, 1998
There is, of course, Paul's unremitting aloneness: he is in every sense an isolato, and if this state is elicited by his impertinence and his refusal to conform, it is brought about as well by the inability of all those around him to perceive either his uniqueness or his pain. Philip Stevick, The American Short Story, 1984
Origin of isolato
Isolato was popularized by Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick. The word comes through Italian from the Latin word insulātus meaning "made into an island."