One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to emphasize the isolation of a person or thing.‘the stone stands in splendid isolation near the moorland road’
- ‘Having made its acquaintance in reproduction, we have become convinced that it stands in splendid isolation, separated from the earth by an aura of eternity.’
- ‘Isolated, unmolested, crisscrossed by high valleys where you can hike or ride horses in splendid isolation, it is the stuff of adventure-travel dreams.’
- ‘We are here as a senior club in an area of splendid isolation in a sense.’
- ‘An attractive and photogenic peak, especially from the Newtonmore end, it stands in splendid isolation alongside the A86 Newtonmore to Laggan road.’
- ‘They perform wonderfully and we should be proud of them, but for many Australian city dwellers they exist in splendid isolation to the geography and the concerns of ordinary suburban life.’
- ‘‘It stands in splendid isolation,’ the tome says of an accomplishment deemed ‘the greatest single achievement in the long Rangers story’.’
- ‘We preferred to decline in splendid isolation rather than prosper in a mundane community of Continentals under the Treaty of Rome which set up the European Economic Community.’
- ‘But he showed tremendous courage to take it up three out and go clear, and battle all the way up the hill in splendid isolation.’
- ‘However, the splendid isolation does bring people together in a spirit-of-the-blitz way, which is how I ended up talking to an editor of a computer magazine in the canteen.’
- ‘Anyway, here we are, in splendid isolation and shut off from the rest of the world in the expensive and exclusive ‘private’ room.’
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