Definition of isolationist in English:



  • A person favouring a policy of remaining apart from the affairs or interests of other groups, especially the political affairs of other countries.

    ‘there was intense opposition to the proposal from isolationists’
    • ‘"Artists are not isolationists," says Edwards.’
    • ‘While Euroskeptics are often caricatured as small-minded isolationists, they have a point.’
    • ‘It's not surprising that in a team environment, isolationists tend to lurk in the background.’
    • ‘This might all be fine, except that many isolationists I've talked to seem unhappy with their relationship to their team.’
    • ‘Those who would have us involved in a perpetual war of intervention invariably call those who are unenthusiastic "isolationists."’
    • ‘He was an outspoken isolationist, appealing to Americans who feared they would be drawn into the war in Europe.’
    • ‘All three composers, high-minded isolationists in their own ways, strove for heightened exaltation.’
    • ‘Even the most cynical isolationist can see with his own eyes how gladly these people have welcomed the armies of democratic liberation.’
    • ‘Criticizing movies is somewhat of an isolationist's job.’
    • ‘So the cartoons attacked isolationists, who wanted to keep us out of the war.’


  • Favouring a policy of remaining apart from the affairs or interests of other groups.

    ‘the country pursued an isolationist policy’
    • ‘Specialization can lead to attitudes of mind that become increasingly isolationist.’
    • ‘Considering their isolationist stance at the time, this distortion is outrageous.’
    • ‘His report, while received sympathetically by the administration, is resisted by the overwhelming isolationist sentiment.’
    • ‘Back when he was first campaigning for the presidency, he seemed to epitomize his country's isolationist tendencies.’
    • ‘Much worse is that the work of women writers is exclusively focused on feminism, making them victims of a narrow, isolationist approach.’
    • ‘With some people, even if the environment is supportive and constructive, their responses are destructively defensive and isolationist.’
    • ‘We also have a major stake in that country's success in its effort to move out of its isolationist setting.’
    • ‘As a nation, I think, we have always had an isolationist impulse.’
    • ‘He was an isolationist president, unwilling to go to war over American sailors being pressed into service in His Majesty's navy.’
    • ‘The view that this was to be an isolationist presidency was fundamentally mistaken from the outset.’