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1Ignorance of or lack of interest in cultures, ideas, or peoples outside one's own experience:‘an example of British insularity’
narrow-mindedness, blinkered approach, blinkered attitude, parochialism, provincialism, localism, narrowness, small-mindedness, pettiness, short-sightedness, myopia, inflexibility, dogmatism, illiberality, intolerance, prejudice, bigotry, bias, partisanship, sectarianism, xenophobia, discriminationisolation, inaccessibility, separation, segregation, detachment, solitariness, loneliness, insulation, self-sufficiencyView synonyms
- ‘Staten Island, to the south, retains an insularity forged over the years before the Verrazano Narrows Bridge linked it with Brooklyn in 1964.’
- ‘You will be hounded and pilloried by the institutional left, ruled as they are by a parochial insularity and dogmatism.’
- ‘The historic insularity and xenophobia of the Japanese have perpetuated a style of cooking relying on the indigenous ingredients of the country.’
- ‘In situations involving knowledge far less frivolous than a television programme, I've been astounded time and time again by ignorance and insularity.’
- ‘But China's diverse folk art reflected the insularity of Chinese society and the great distances that separated different parts of the country.’
- 1.1 Lack of contact with other people:‘the stifling insularity of the children's existence’
- ‘The fear of leaving home and the retreat behind familiar walls make for a short walk to insularity.’
- ‘The insularity of families nowadays has meant a definite loss to society.’
- ‘In many ways, insularity is a bigger problem than polygamy.’
- ‘Miranda herself is significantly altered at the end of the play, having effectively lost her symbolic insularity - her distinction from the Italian metropole.’
- ‘" No man is an island ", warns the cliché, though Bob Quinn has affected a studied insularity since his first films in the 1970s.’
- ‘They are highly cohesive but run the risk of insularity.’
2The state or condition of being an island:‘he proved the insularity of Van Diemen's Land by circumnavigating it in 1798’
- ‘He said there was still a lot of work to do in the region, especially getting rid of the insularity of each island.’
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