isolated

Isolated means far away from everyone or everything else. The hermit who lives on a remote island is isolated from the rest of the world, with nothing but coconuts and fish to keep him company.

The word isolated comes from the Latin word insula, which means island. You don't have to be on a remote island to feel isolated, though. Even people who live in big cities can feel a sense of isolation if they don't have many friends and spend a lot of time alone. In addition to remote or set apart, isolated can mean a single event, or incident. The high school students assured their principal that the cafeteria food fight was an isolated incident, promising that it would never, ever happen again.

Definitions of isolated
  1. adjective
    remote and separate physically or socially
    “tiny isolated villages remote from centers of civilization”
    synonyms: apart, obscure
    unconnected
    not joined or linked together
  2. adjective
    being or feeling set or kept apart from others
    “"could not remain the isolated figure he had been"- Sherwood Anderson”
    synonyms: detached, separated, set-apart
    separate
    independent; not united or joint
  3. adjective
    under forced isolation especially for health reasons
    isolated patients”
    synonyms: quarantined
    segregated, unintegrated
    separated or isolated from others or a main group
  4. adjective
    marked by separation of or from usually contiguous elements
    synonyms: disjunct
    separate
    independent; not united or joint
  5. adjective
    cut off or left behind
    “an isolated pawn”
    synonyms: marooned, stranded
    unaccompanied
    being without an escort
  6. adjective
    not close together in time
    isolated instances of rebellion”
    synonyms: stray
    sporadic
    recurring in scattered and irregular or unpredictable instances
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