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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Detachment  \De*tach"ment\,  n.  [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  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  detachment 
  n  1:  avoiding  emotional  involvement  [syn:  {withdrawal}] 
  2:  the  act  of  releasing  from  an  attachment  or  connection  [syn: 
  {disengagement}] 
  3:  the  state  of  being  insulated  [syn:  {insulation},  {insularity}, 
  {insularism}] 
  4:  a  small  unit  of  troops  of  special  composition 
  5:  coming  apart  [syn:  {separation},  {breakup}] 




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