se·​clu·​sion si-ˈklü-zhən How to pronounce seclusion (audio)
: the act of secluding : the condition of being secluded
: a secluded or isolated place
seclusive adjective
seclusively adverb
seclusiveness noun

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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.

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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

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 What to Consider The high-energy property may not be ideal for travelers seeking seclusion. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 5 Apr. 2024 The state has since created an alternative known as Short Term Residential Therapeutic Programs but the use of seclusion rooms and restraints on minors still occurs, according to Grove’s office. Anabel Sosa, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2024 Venus aligning with Uranus promotes working in seclusion. USA TODAY, 28 Mar. 2024 Other estate amenities include tall hedges and tropical plantings that amp up the home’s feeling of seclusion. James McClain, Robb Report, 15 Mar. 2024 The first resort on beautiful Long Bay Beach — the most private stretch of sand on the island of Providenciales — offers seclusion and modern amenities. Megan Murphy, Travel + Leisure, 18 Jan. 2024 And for those who seek the ultimate in seclusion combined with masterful architecture and easy access to the city, there’s Parihoa Farm, newly on the market for NZ$50 million (or about US$30 million). Mark David, Robb Report, 3 Feb. 2024 The nearly one-acre property’s sense of seclusion is matched by its convenience to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods markets, the Houston Racquet Club, and the Houston Country Club. Mark David, Robb Report, 15 Feb. 2024 The new suite’s walls and sliding doors will almost reach to the ceiling for ultimate seclusion. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 26 Jan. 2024

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Word History


Medieval Latin seclusion-, seclusio, from Latin secludere

First Known Use

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of seclusion was circa 1616

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“Seclusion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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se·​clu·​sion si-ˈklü-zhən How to pronounce seclusion (audio)
: the act of secluding : the state of being secluded
: a secluded place
-siv How to pronounce seclusion (audio)
seclusively adverb
seclusiveness noun

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