Definition of insularity in English:



  • Ignorance of or lack of interest in cultures, ideas, or peoples outside one's own experience.

    ‘an example of British insularity’
    • ‘But China's diverse folk art reflected the insularity of Chinese society and the great distances that separated different parts of the country.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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, discrimination
    isolation, inaccessibility, separation, segregation, detachment, solitariness, loneliness, insulation, self-sufficiency
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