Definition of insularity in English:


Line breaks: in|su¦lar|ity
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, discriminationisolation, 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.

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