Detachment
Detachment De*tach"ment, n. [Cf. F. d['e]tachement.] 1. The act of detaching or separating, or the state of being detached. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is detached; especially, a body of troops or part of a fleet sent from the main body on special service. [1913 Webster]

Troops . . . widely scattered in little detachments. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster]

3. Abstraction from worldly objects; renunciation. [1913 Webster]

A trial which would have demanded of him a most heroic faith and the detachment of a saint. --J. H. Newman. [1913 Webster]


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