Part of speech: adjective

Pertaining to an island; isolated; narrow; contracted.

Part of speech: noun


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Usage examples "insular":

  1. His passage effected, he called a meeting of the Scionaeans and spoke to the same effect as at Acanthus and Torone, adding that they merited the utmost commendation, in that, in spite of Pallene within the isthmus being cut off by the Athenian occupation of Potidaea and of their own practically insular position, they had of their own free will gone forward to meet their liberty instead of timorously waiting until they had been by force compelled to their own manifest good. - "The History of the Peloponnesian War", Thucydides.
  2. Is it but an insular fancy to suppose that Englishmen, beyond any other race, still retain the most living faith in the sanctity of womanhood? - "Prose Fancies", Richard Le Gallienne.
  3. Then, when we had rubbed off our insular corners against the Great French Politeness, and perfected our grasp of the language in talk with the Agenois villagers, we proposed to drop gently into Pau, armed at all points, and scarcely distinguishable from Frenchmen. - "When Love Calls", Stanley J. Weyman.