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a. At a distance in place, position, or time: railings spaced two feet apart; born three years apart.
b. Away from another or others: grew apart over the years; decided to live apart.
2. In or into parts or pieces: split apart.
3. One from another: I can't tell the twins apart.
4. Aside or in reserve, as for a separate use or purpose: funds set apart for the project.
5. As a distinct item or entity: Quality sets it apart.
Set apart; isolated. Used after a noun or in the predicate: a people who have existed over the centuries as a world apart.
Being excepted or excluded from consideration: All joking apart, I think you're wrong.

[Middle English, from Old French a part : a, to (from Latin ad; see ad-) + part, side (from Latin pars, part-; see part).]

a·part′ness n.


the quality of being apart
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The feeling of apartness from others comes to most with puberty, but it is not always developed to such a degree as to make the difference between the individual and his fellows noticeable to the individual.
This changed perception of their decision-making process as being somehow irrelevant or ineffective may lead to apathy, which may bring about the symptoms of hopelessness and/or apartness observed in depression.
Our culture itself is fast changing: one of exclusion, apartness, superior-inferior, belonging-nonbelonging, ruling classes-subject people.
On this, Halpern argues, Malan and his cohorts had indicated that "one of the primary means to accomplish the racial reconstruction of the nation was a policy of apartheid, a word meaning apartness in the Afrikaans language, and a concept that enjoyed some currency among Afrikaans intellectuals as far back as the early twentieth century" (p.
To pick up Bourdieu's (2000) term, there is here, in research, a "scholastic" self-understanding, through which the academic class has been able to justify a certain degree of apartness from the world.
This apartness is emphasized by the story of Aule's creation of the dwarves, which in Winnicottian terms we can understand as an effort to too-greatly impose internal wishes on the external world.
And though they display a vast range of topographical variation, they hold in common 'cruel weather and harsh earth', instilling in those who live there a deep sense of apartness.
Recognizing that her struggles as a black person are shared by many, her sense of aloneness and apartness fades into a feeling of community belonging.
concept of solitude suggests the core of apartness that isolates all of
The values we hold and the faith we articulate require strong supportive communities and a degree of apartness from the dominant culture if our life and mission are to be countersigns to society.
ALTHOUGH they do manually demanding work as much as they perform the intellectual labor of conceptualizing and designing, artists are often likened to writers, thriving in their solitude and apartness.
How can it be at once a relational term and a mark of apartness that structures being?