AskDefine | Define insularity

Dictionary Definition

insularity n : the state of being isolated or detached; "the insulation of England was preserved by the English Channel" [syn: insulation, insularism, detachment]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The quality or property of being insular.

Extensive Definition

Insularity reflects a wide range of physical and emotional meanings in accordance with a person or place:
  • For a place, it relates to an island or any physically isolated place distant and inaccessible without sufficient means of transport. For example, surrounded by water, mountains, or desert.
  • It may also mean a person, group of people, or a community that is only concerned with their limited way of life and not at all interested in new ideas or other cultures.

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Jim Crow, ait, alien, apartheid, archipelago, atoll, authoritarianism, bar, bigotry, blind side, blind spot, blinders, cay, closed mind, color bar, continental island, coral head, coral island, coral reef, cramped ideas, division, ethnocentrism, exclusiveness, fanaticism, foreigner, hideboundness, holm, illiberality, insularism, insulation, island, island group, islandology, isle, islet, isolation, key, know-nothingism, little-mindedness, littleness, mean mind, meanness, narrow sympathies, narrow views, narrow-mindedness, narrowness, nearsightedness, oceanic island, odium theologicum, out-group, outcast, outsider, parochialism, persona non grata, pettiness, petty mind, provincialism, purblindness, quarantine, race hatred, racial segregation, reef, sandbank, sandbar, seclusion, segregation, separation, shortsightedness, shut mind, smallness, snobbishness, straitlacedness, stranger, stuffiness, tightness, uncatholicity, xenophobia
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