insularity

The noun insularity refers to the quality of being isolated or detached. In fact, the word is based on the Latin word insula, for "island." The phrase "no man is an island" means that no one can be completely separate from others.

The word insularity has a sense of detachment and insulation, but sometimes the meaning is extended to mean being narrow-minded. Parents always try to protect their kids from harm, but sometimes their insularity goes too far. If you grew up in the 1950s, for example, your parents may have wanted to protect you from the evils of Elvis and rock and roll.

Definitions of insularity
  1. noun
    an inclination to criticize opposing opinions or shocking behavior
    synonyms: narrow-mindedness, narrowness
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    Antonyms:
    broad-mindedness
    an inclination to tolerate or overlook opposing or shocking opinions or behavior
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    parochialism
    a limitation of views or interests like that defined by a local parish
    pettiness
    narrowness of mind or ideas or views
    provincialism
    a lack of sophistication
    denominationalism, sectarianism
    a narrow-minded adherence to a particular sect or party or denomination
    type of:
    intolerance
    unwillingness to recognize and respect differences in opinions or beliefs
  2. noun
    the state of being isolated or detached
    synonyms: detachment, insularism, insulation
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    type of:
    isolation
    a state of separation between persons or groups
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