Entry from British & World English dictionary
Set or keep (something) at a distance, especially mentally: Austen’s aesthetic forms distantiate ideology
More example sentences
- Thinking locally - personally - prevents us from disassociating ourselves from these potentially distantiating theories of space.
- Mike Gene is a relatively minor player in the ID movement and has distantiated himself from many of the ID movement's approaches or claims.
- Expect more attempts to discredit Forrest or distantiate themselves from the Wedge.
- Example sentences
- Conspicuously cultivated ironic distantiation, the flaunting of lack of commitment, is thus the only possible option.
- And the distantiation between France and Africa, which was also a consequence of the Elf scandal has manifested itself.
- We would expect an ironic manipulation of such images to intensify the effect of critical distantiation.
1940s: based on Latin distantia 'distance'.
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