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 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 This can be accomplished through material and layout considerations, such as placing seclusion rooms or other potentially noisy spaces outside the main corridors, dayrooms and therapy areas. Ryan Hullinger, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 While Baffert stayed in seclusion in California, an emotional McCarthy cut his news conference short with a phrase that is probably now familiar to casual horse racing fans everywhere. New York Times, 15 May 2021 In the winter of 2019, the agency noted concerns regarding lack of meaningful programming, unsafe restraint practices and failure to identify and report incidents of restraints and seclusion. Megan Jones,, 14 May 2021 And so, the Love Lake was born, and the people flocked to its shores for its Instagram-ready backdrops, its wildlife and its seclusion. Ashleigh Stewart, CNN, 12 May 2021 In spiritual seclusion, Muslims reflect on their faith, their relationship with Allah (SWT), their relationships with others, where their life is going, and the hereafter. Nadia Ebrahim,, 12 Apr. 2021 Our voluntary seclusion has protected us from the novel coronavirus but has also fed anxiety and paranoia at a time when our politics are in historic transition. Phil Boas And Greg Burton, The Arizona Republic, 29 Oct. 2020 That’s when the Asian nation opened its borders after centuries of seclusion and a visiting Danish naval officer, William Carstensen, wrote a best-selling book about its culture and shops, kicking off a fascination that never quite died out. Lis King, House Beautiful, 8 Mar. 2021 The absence of an official procession didn’t keep most from embracing Easter Sunday as a moment of emotional reset, a time to step out after months of seclusion and make the most of a season that has taken on a special poignancy. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2021

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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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10 Jun 2021

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“Seclusion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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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