detachment

A state of being distant or standoffish is detachment. Your detachment might mean that you don't cry on the last day of school with all your friends — you're just not that emotionally involved.

When you have a sense of detachment from your surroundings, you're a bit aloof or apart, especially in an emotional way. A more physical kind of detachment is an actual coming apart, when something breaks or separates: "The detachment of the wall and the baseboard made it hard to paint the kitchen." Finally, there is a military meaning of detachment — a unit or group of soldiers sent on a separate mission.

Definitions of detachment
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n avoiding emotional involvement

Synonyms:
withdrawal
Type of:
indifference
unbiased impartial unconcern

n the state of being isolated or detached

Synonyms:
insularism, insularity, insulation
Type of:
isolation
a state of separation between persons or groups

n the act of releasing from an attachment or connection

Synonyms:
disengagement
Type of:
separation
the act of dividing or disconnecting

n coming apart

Synonyms:
breakup, separation
Examples:
Great Schism
the period from 1378 to 1417 during which there were two papacies in the Roman Catholic Church, one in Rome and one in Avignon
Types:
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breach, break, falling out, rift, rupture, severance
a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
break
the occurrence of breaking
schism
the formal separation of a church into two churches or the withdrawal of one group over doctrinal differences
snap
a sudden breaking
Type of:
alteration, change, modification
an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another

n a small unit of troops of special composition

Types:
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bodyguard
a group of men who escort and protect some important person
patrol
a detachment used for security or reconnaissance
picket
a detachment of troops guarding an army from surprise attack
press gang
a detachment empowered to force civilians to serve in the army or navy
provost guard
a detachment under the command of a provost marshall
rearguard
a detachment assigned to protect the rear of a (retreating) military body
Praetorian Guard
the elite bodyguard of a Roman Emperor in ancient Rome
Type of:
army unit
a military unit that is part of an army

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