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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Detachment \De*tach"ment\, noun [Cf. F. d['e]tachement.]

1. The act of detaching or separating, or the state of being detached.

2. That which is detached; especially, a body of troops or part of a fleet sent from the main body on special service.

Troops . . . widely scattered in little detachments. --Bancroft.

3. Abstraction from worldly objects; renunciation.

A trial which would have demanded of him a most heroic faith and the detachment of a saint. --J. H. Newman.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

detachment

noun

1: avoiding emotional involvement [syn: {withdrawal}, {detachment}]

2: the act of releasing from an attachment or connection [syn: {detachment}, {disengagement}]

3: the state of being isolated or detached; "the insulation of England was preserved by the English Channel" [syn: {insulation}, {insularity}, {insularism}, {detachment}]

4: a small unit of troops of special composition

5: coming apart [syn: {separation}, {breakup}, {detachment}]


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