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adj. re·mot·er, re·mot·est
a. Located far away; distant in space.
b. Hidden away; secluded: a remote hamlet.
2. Distant in time: the remote past.
3. Faint; slight: a remote possibility; had not the remotest interest.
4. Far removed in connection or relevance: a cause remote from everyday concerns.
5. Distantly related by blood or marriage: a remote cousin.
6. Distant in manner; aloof.
7. Operating or controlled from a distance: remote sensors.
8. Computers Located at a distance from another computer that is accessible by cables or other communications links: a remote terminal.
1. A radio or television broadcast originating from a point outside a studio.
2. A remote control device.

[Middle English, from Old French remot, from Latin remōtus, past participle of removēre, to remove; see remove.]

re·mote′ly adv.
re·mote′ness n.




  1. Acting like an absentee landlord who was either unaware of or indifferent to the tenants smashing the windows or breaking up the furniture —Senator William S. Cohen commenting on President Ronald Reagan’s leadership during Iran-contra affair, New York Times, March 1, 1987
  2. Alienated as Camus —Richard Ford
  3. As far apart as the sound of waves on the shore —John Updike
  4. (Fury) as unpersonal as disease —David Denby
  5. Behaved like a dowager queen at a funeral, acknowledging everyone’s politenesses but keeping her own majestic feelings isolated —Judith Martin
  6. Detached [from an excited crowd] as a droplet of oil —Stefan Zweig
  7. Detached [mind from body] … like a kite whose string snaps on a windy day —Julia O’Faolain
  8. Detached, passive, still as a golden lily in a lily-pond —Ellen Glasgow
  9. Distant as an ocean —Reynolds Price
  10. Distant as heart-parted lovers are —Babette Deutsch
  11. (She was as silent and) distant as the moon —Kate Wheeler
  12. Feeling impersonal and fragile as a piece of china waiting on a serving table —F. Scott Fitzgerald

    See Also: FRAGILITY

  13. He speaks to me as if I were a public monument —Queen Victoria about her prime minister, Gladstone
  14. Impassive as an apple —Laurie Colwin
  15. Impassive as a tank —Seamus Heaney
  16. Impersonal as a cyclone —Anon
  17. Impersonal as the justice of God —Victor Hugo
  18. Incurious as a stone —Robert Hass
  19. (Until that minute she had been as) impersonal to me as a doll in a well-stocked toy department —R. V. Cassill


  20. Indifferent as a blizzard —Anon
  21. Like the hermit crab, he ventured out of his shell only on the rarest occasions —A. J. Cronin
  22. Looked disinterested, like a customs inspector —Julia Whedon
  23. A look of remoteness … like cathedrals, like long gleaming conference tables, like the crackling, hissing recordings of the voices of famous men long dead —John D. MacDonald

    An example to illustrate that several distinctly different similes can be effectively linked to a single reference base.

  24. Look through ‘em all like windows —Edith Wharton
  25. Otherworldly like a monk —F. Scott Fitzgerald
  26. Personal as a letter addressed to ‘Occupant’ —Anon
  27. (His father had always been) remote … as a figure in a pageant —Hortense Calisher
  28. Remote as a nightmare —Walter De La Mare
  29. [Sky scrapers] remote as castles in a fairy tale —Bobbie Ann Mason
  30. (Bomb shelters are as) remote as the covered wagon —Edward R. Murrow broadcast from European front during World War II
  31. Remote, unapproachable, like the expression of an animal that man has forced into sullen submission —Ellen Glasgow
  32. Seemed like a perpetual visitor —Henry Van Dyke
  33. (They get together and tell each other what women are like, but they never listen to find out.) Shut up in their heads like clams —Nancy Price
  34. Stiff and remote, rather like a sleep-walker —Alice Munro
  35. Stolid as ledgers —Julia O’Falain
  36. (He sat there, heavy and massive, suddenly) sunk back into himself and his drunkenness, like a lonely hill of unassailable melancholy —Erich Maria Remarque

    See Also: BEARING

  37. To ask Henrietta was like asking the door knob —Sholom Aleichem See Also: FUTILITY
  38. As unreachable as all the landscapes beyond the limits of my eye —John Fowles


  39. (Face,) withdrawn as a castle —Nadine Gordimer
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.remoteness - the property of being remoteremoteness - the property of being remote  
distance - the property created by the space between two objects or points
far cry - distance estimated in terms of the audibility of a cry; "it's a far cry from here"
2.remoteness - a disposition to be distant and unsympathetic in mannerremoteness - a disposition to be distant and unsympathetic in manner
unsociability, unsociableness - an unsociable disposition; avoiding friendship or companionship
unapproachability - a disposition to be unapproachable; unfriendly and inaccessible


1. The fact or condition of being far removed or apart:
2. Dissociation from one's surroundings or worldly affairs:


[rɪˈməʊtnɪs] N
1. (in space) [of galaxy, village, house] → lo remoto
2. (in time) [of period, age] → lo lejano
3. (= aloofness) he found her remoteness hard to cope withno llevaba bien que ella fuese tan distante
her remoteness from everyday lifesu alejamiento de la vida diaria


[rɪˈməʊtnɪs] n
[location] → éloignement m
(= aloofness) → attitude f distante


(in place, = distance) → Ferne f; (= isolation)Abgelegenheit f
(in time) → (weite) Ferne
(= being distanced, removed: of connection, relevance etc) → Entferntheit f; the government’s remoteness from the peopledie Bürgerferne der Regierung; the government’s remoteness from the people’s needsdie Unwissenheit der Regierung um die Bedürfnisse der Bürger; his remoteness from everyday lifeseine Lebensfremdheit
(= aloofness)Unnahbarkeit f, → Unzugänglichkeit f
(= slightness, of possibility, resemblance, risk) → Entferntheit f; (of chance)Winzigkeit f


[rɪˈməʊtnɪs] n
a. (of ancestor) → antichità; (of place, period, concept) → lontananza; (aloofness) → distacco
b. (of possibility, resemblance) → vaghezza


(rəˈmout) adjective
1. far away in time or place; far from any (other) village, town etc. a remote village in New South Wales; a farmhouse remote from civilization.
2. distantly related. a remote cousin
3. very small or slight. a remote chance of success; He hasn't the remotest idea what is going on.
reˈmotely adverb
reˈmoteness noun
remote control
the control of eg a switch or other device from a distance, by means of radio waves etc. The model plane is operated by remote control.
References in classic literature ?
If the periods be distant from each other, the same remark will be applicable to all recent measures; and in proportion as the remoteness of the others may favor a dispassionate review of them, this advantage is inseparable from inconveniences which seem to counterbalance it.
Too long have I lived wildly in wild remoteness, to return to thee without tears!
These are very modern, but their remoteness and isolation upon the Essex marsh, the days of failure attending their creation, invested them with a romantic air.
Thus our conception of free will and inevitability gradually diminishes or increases according to the greater or lesser connection with the external world, the greater or lesser remoteness of time, and the greater or lesser dependence on the causes in relation to which we contemplate a man's life.
The sky had grown blue and bright; and with the same softness, but with the same remoteness, it met his questioning gaze.
In actual fact, there are doubtless various factors that concur in giving us the feeling of greater or less remoteness in some remembered event.
The growing remoteness of old age, though it had not diminished her curiosity about her neighbours, had blunted her never very lively compassion for their troubles; and she seemed to have no difficulty in putting the Beaufort disaster out of her mind.
That it was a French military instrument was my first guess; but really there didn't seem much likelihood that this was the correct explanation, when one took into account the loneliness and remoteness of the spot.
I was made suddenly aware of Lop-Ear's remoteness out there on that alien element a few feet away.
I felt profoundly my European remoteness, and said nothing, but I made up my mind to play my part of helpless spectator to the end.
Their own remoteness and elevation above its feverish life kept them from the knowledge of much that was strange, and perhaps disturbing to their equanimity.
The secret, so long as it should continue such, kept them within the circle of a spell, a solitude in the midst of men, a remoteness as entire as that of an island in mid-ocean; once divulged, the ocean would flow betwixt them, standing on its widely sundered shores.