noun se·clu·sion \ si-ˈklü-zhən \
|Updated on: 13 Aug 2018

Definition of seclusion

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


play \si-ˈklü-siv, -ziv\ adjective





Examples of seclusion in a Sentence

  1. the seclusion of women that occurs in some countries

  2. I enjoyed the seclusion of the island.

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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.

Origin and Etymology of seclusion

Medieval Latin seclusion-, seclusio, from Latin secludere

Synonym Discussion of seclusion

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

SECLUSION Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of seclusion for English Language Learners

  • : 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

SECLUSION Defined for Kids


noun se·clu·sion \ si-ˈklü-zhən \

Definition of seclusion for Students

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

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