Definition of insularity in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɪnsjʊˈlarɪti/


[mass noun]
1Ignorance of or lack of interest in cultures, ideas, or peoples outside one’s own experience: an example of British insularity
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  • You will be hounded and pilloried by the institutional left, ruled as they are by a parochial insularity and dogmatism.
  • The historic insularity and xenophobia of the Japanese have perpetuated a style of cooking relying on the indigenous ingredients of the country.
  • Staten Island, to the south, retains an insularity forged over the years before the Verrazano Narrows Bridge linked it with Brooklyn in 1964.
narrow-mindedness, blinkered approach/attitude, parochialism, provincialism, localism, narrowness, small-mindedness, pettiness, short-sightedness, myopia, inflexibility, dogmatism, illiberality, intolerance, prejudice, bigotry, bias, partisanship, sectarianism, xenophobia, discrimination
isolation, inaccessibility, separation, segregation, detachment, solitariness, loneliness, insulation, self-sufficiency
1.1Lack of contact with other people: the stifling insularity of the children’s existence
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  • In many ways, insularity is a bigger problem than polygamy.
  • The insularity of families nowadays has meant a definite loss to society.
  • They are highly cohesive but run the risk of insularity.
2The state or condition of being an island: he proved the insularity of Van Diemen’s Land by circumnavigating it in 1798
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  • He said there was still a lot of work to do in the region, especially getting rid of the insularity of each island.

Words that rhyme with insularity

angularity, barbarity, bipolarity, charity, circularity, clarity, complementarity, familiarity, granularity, hilarity, irregularity, jocularity, linearity, parity, particularity, peculiarity, polarity, popularity, regularity, secularity, similarity, singularity, solidarity, subsidiarity, unitarity, vernacularity, vulgarity

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