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detached from reality

Psychologically, emotionally, or intellectually separated from the outside world or from realistic, logical thought. When my mental illness was at its worst, I became completely detached from reality. The council's plan to build an interstate through the middle of town is just nonsense, it's completely detached from reality!
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detached from the (outside) world

Psychologically, emotionally, intellectually, or physically separated from the people, influence, or average thinking of the outside world. He just keeps to himself, never talking to anyone, like he's detached from the world. He builds all of his policies from theory and what he studied in books—it's all completely detached from the outside world. The tiny rural village, totally detached from the outside world, developed a dialect and manner totally unique to the rest of the region.
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References in classic literature ?
What I have said of Dickens reminds me that I had been reading him at the same time that I had been reading Ik Marvel; but a curious thing about the reading of my later boyhood is that the dates do not sharply detach themselves one from another.
They are composite of many different men we seem to have [58] known, and fancy we could detach again from the ensemble and from each other.
Where did you find this rykor with the strange kaldane that cannot detach itself?
Massacres are to be sternly forbidden as heretofore; but any citizen or subject of either country disobeying the injunction is to detach the scalps of all persons massacred and deposit them with a local officer designated to receive and preserve them and sworn to keep and render a true account thereof.
Two or three aides detach themselves from the group and canter away into the woods, along the lines in each direction.
It would appear that this gentleman, angry with her (his only relation) because she would not put herself under his protection, and detach herself from the society of her father, in compliance with his repeated overtures, made a will leaving this property (which was all he possessed) to a charitable institution.
To complete the grave, the Indians had contrived to detach from the ledge a huge fragment, and to throw it over the pile so as to rest on the two blocks.
The power to detach and to magnify by detaching is the essence of rhetoric in the hands of the orator and the poet.