Isolation means completely alone, like the stranded skiers who were in total isolation after an avalanche stranded them at the top of a mountain.

People who live in isolation are completely cut off from the rest of the world, like the hermit who lives in a lonely mountain cabin because no one understands his desire to collect thimbles. A really contagious illness can land patients in isolation at their local hospital, kept separate from the rest of the hospital so they don't share their disease with the other patients. A country can exist in isolation, left alone because other nations don't agree with its policies.

Definitions of isolation

n the act of isolating something; setting something apart from others

closing off
isolation to prevent the spread of infectious disease
Type of:
the social act of separating or parting company

n a state of separation between persons or groups

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the state or situation of being alone
purdah, solitude
a state of social isolation
loneliness, solitariness
the state of being alone in solitary isolation
enforced isolation of patients suffering from a contagious disease in order to prevent the spread of disease
detachment, insularism, insularity, insulation
the state of being isolated or detached
alienation, estrangement
separation resulting from hostility
anomie, anomy
personal state of isolation and anxiety resulting from a lack of social control and regulation
concealment, privacy, privateness, secrecy
the condition of being concealed or hidden
covertness, hiddenness
the state of being covert and hidden
the chest considered as the place where secret thoughts are kept
the state of being secret
the state of being hidden
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the state of lacking unity

n a country's withdrawal from international politics

“he opposed a policy of American isolation
Type of:
non-engagement, non-involvement, nonparticipation
withdrawing from the activities of a group

n a feeling of being disliked and alone

Type of:
alienation, disaffection, estrangement
the feeling of being alienated from other people

n (psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which memory of an unacceptable act or impulse is separated from the emotion originally associated with it

Type of:
defence, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defense mechanism, defense reaction
(psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires

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