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  Detachment (De*tach"ment) (?), n.
[Cf. F. détachement.]

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.

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