re·​clu·​sion ri-ˈklü-zhən How to pronounce reclusion (audio)
: the state of being recluse

Examples of reclusion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In contrast to his bold designs, he was known for his ascetic lifestyle of few possessions and periods of reclusion in France, where he was taken a boy with his mother in the late 1930s after his father was killed in the Spanish Civil War for opposing the right-wing forces of Gen. Francisco Franco. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2023 These needn’t detain us — except to the extent that Wang’s decision to turn back may have signaled respect for his friend’s reclusion. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2022 Home reclusion has definitely made notable shifts in consumers' dressing habits. Yanie Durocher, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 Caine’s miserable and sharp-witted author just wants to live out his days in peace with a bottle of scotch, a cigar and his orange tabby cat, but Plaza’s hopeful editor pulls him out of his reclusion. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Nov. 2019 With the war long over, Homer carried it with him still, to deeper and deeper reclusion., 4 Oct. 2019 In his five years as president, Mr. Rouhani has tried to guide the Islamic Republic out of reclusion, shaping it into a more economically open country. Asa Fitch, WSJ, 9 May 2018 Yet for listeners nonetheless intrigued by the mystery, the host is an apt guide to chronicle Simmon’s rise to fitness superstardom and plunge into reclusion. Laura Jane Standley, The Atlantic, 21 Dec. 2017 The young shut-in Mr. Harrison plays in Trey Edward Shults’s post-apocalypse tragedy could have been a straightforward study in reclusion. Wesley Morris, New York Times, 6 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reclusion was in the 15th century

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“Reclusion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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