se·​clu·​sion | \si-ˈklü-zhən \

Definition of seclusion 

1 : the act of secluding : the condition of being secluded

2 : a secluded or isolated place

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Other Words from seclusion

seclusive \si-​ˈklü-​siv, -​ziv \ adjective
seclusively adverb
seclusiveness noun

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solitude, isolation, seclusion mean the state of one who is alone. solitude may imply a condition of being apart from all human beings or of being cut off by wish or circumstances from one's usual associates. a few quiet hours of solitude isolation stresses detachment from others often involuntarily. the isolation of the village in winter seclusion suggests a shutting away or keeping apart from others often connoting deliberate withdrawal from the world or retirement to a quiet life. lived in pastoral seclusion

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With its prefix se-, "apart", seclusion has the basic meaning of a place or condition that's "closed away". A lone island may be secluded, and its seclusion might be what its owner prizes most about it. Presidents and their staffs may go into seclusion before making critical decisions. Monastery life is purposely secluded, and monks may have taken vows to live lives of seclusion. The deadly brown recluse spider prefers seclusion but is sometimes disturbed by very unlucky people.

Examples of seclusion in a Sentence

the seclusion of women that occurs in some countries I enjoyed the seclusion of the island.

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McCarrick is currently facing an internal, ecclesiastical trial, and has been ordered by the Vatican to remain in penitential seclusion until that time. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Ex-Vatican official accuses Pope Francis of covering up McCarrick’s sex abuse," 26 Aug. 2018 After years of seclusion, Wonka decides to hide five golden tickets in candy bar wrappers. Alexandra Gekas, Woman's Day, "12 Best Movies Based on Books," 2 Aug. 2010 Photo: Linda McCartney/©1971 Paul McCartney Linda McCartney/1971 Paul McCartney Those summer stays were about seclusion and family. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Mary McCartney Became an Artist With a Little Help from Linda and Paul," 28 Aug. 2018 McCarrick has been functionally stripped of his status as cardinal, and will remain in seclusion pending trial. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "A Catholic cardinal has weathered sex abuse allegations for years. Now they’re finally public," 29 July 2018 Because of the area's proximity to the freeway and relative seclusion, Green said the bodies may have been moved to Burbank. Andy Nguyen,, "3 bodies found in a parked vehicle; Burbank police investigate possible homicide," 18 Apr. 2018 Openness brings progress while seclusion leads to backwardness. James T. Areddy, WSJ, "U.S.-China Trade Tensions on Display at Shanghai Expo," 7 Nov. 2018 On a another matter, Trump is continuing to weigh his choice on a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy from the seclusion of his golf club in New Jersey. Eric Tucker,, "Trump lawyers call Comey ‘Machiavellian’ in note to Mueller," 7 July 2018 Figari has been living in relative seclusion in Rome for years. Fox News, "Vatican denies protecting Peruvian accused of sex crimes," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of seclusion

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for seclusion

Medieval Latin seclusion-, seclusio, from Latin secludere

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English Language Learners Definition of seclusion

: the act of placing or keeping someone away from other people : the act of secluding someone

: the state of being away from other people : a secluded state or condition


se·​clu·​sion | \si-ˈklü-zhən \

Kids Definition of seclusion

: the condition of being hidden from sight or kept away from others

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