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

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Other Words from seclusion

seclusive \ si-​ˈklü-​siv How to pronounce seclusive (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 If a player were to feel sick, he is expected to leave and go home to seclusion. oregonlive, "‘We couldn’t quit on it.’ The Wild Wild West League will bring live sports back to Portland," 27 June 2020 The goal might be safety from the pandemic in the outdoors, but the quality of beauty, seclusion and adventure in the Marble Mountains is a reward that goes far beyond. Tom Stienstra,, "Looking for summer solitude? Marble Mountain is the perfect retreat," 27 June 2020 In a time when the appeal of wide-open spaces and remote seclusion is paramount, Tuolumne County in California has travelers covered. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "This Gorgeous, Vast Part of California Has the Perfect Combination of Adventuring and Relaxing at a Social Distance," 24 June 2020 But Higginson had plenty of questions for Dickinson, chief among them inquiries about her seclusion. Martha Ackmann, The Atlantic, "The Encounter That Revealed a Different Side of Emily Dickinson," 23 June 2020 The county’s seclusion, say health authorities, is one reason for the low number of Covid-19 cases. Keith Schneider, STAT, "Postcard from the edge: A rural getaway, protected from Covid-19, fears it may be swallowed into the pandemic," 15 June 2020 Hidden in the heart of the city, 12 of the 23 guest accommodations feature private plunge pools shaded by lush gardens for a little extra seclusion. Essence, "Get Lost: 72 Hours in Curacao," 11 June 2020 But, in 1948, the Communist Party, too, opted for greater seclusion, and Zhongnanhai became the new seat of the state. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, "A White House Tour, from Outside Trump’s Fence," 10 June 2020 The scene at Huawei’s Shenzhen nerve center invokes deja vu from a year ago, when Huawei billionaire Ren Zhengfei emerged from seclusion to declare his company’s survival in doubt., "Huawei Employees See Dire Threat to Future From Latest Trump Salvo," 7 June 2020

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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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3 Jul 2020

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“Seclusion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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 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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