se·​clu·​sion | \ si-ˈklü-zhən How to pronounce seclusion (audio) \

Definition of seclusion

1 : the act of secluding : the condition of being secluded
2 : a secluded or isolated place

Other Words from seclusion

seclusive \ si-​ˈklü-​siv How to pronounce seclusion (audio) , -​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.
Recent Examples on the Web The yachts extend a tradition of seclusion as the ultimate luxury. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, 18 July 2022 The use of seclusion and restraint often intensified students’ distress, causing some to engage in self-harm or exhibit signs of trauma while secluded, the report said. Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2021 Since natural settings can be unpredictable, a sheltered location with the option of seclusion is ideal. Mark Travers, Forbes, 1 July 2022 This experience provides the same level of seclusion, plus a slew of amenities and modern comforts. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 21 June 2022 They were attracted to that location because of its proximity and seclusion. Kathy Orton, Washington Post, 1 July 2022 For an air of calm seclusion in a Pacific Northwest house, almost everything in the master bedroom is hushed. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 23 June 2022 Born out of the seclusion of the pandemic, Lapvona is a work whose perspective-shifting, fable-like narration and medieval setting differ from much of the author’s previous work. Ottessa Moshfegh, Harper’s Magazine , 17 June 2022 Most days, the solitude is broken only by the sound of crashing waves, and the seclusion by nesting birds and sea lions. New York Times, 9 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of seclusion was circa 1616

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“Seclusion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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se·​clu·​sion | \ si-ˈklü-zhən How to pronounce seclusion (audio) \

Kids Definition of seclusion

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

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