se·clu·sion | \si-ˈklü-zhən \

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, -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.

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Clapper did not, however, meet with Kim, who has only in recent weeks emerged from international seclusion after taking power six years ago and super-charging North Korea’s push to become a nuclear power that can threaten America with missiles. Washington Post, "Trump says Pompeo “got along really well” with Kim Jong Un," 18 Apr. 2018 And for those seeking seclusion, a short drive away on the banks of Lake Gangapur are seven rooms with views overlooking the lake and a huge and new, strikingly modern villa—perhaps the perfect spots to dream about a winery of one’s own. Robert Joseph, A-LIST, "Hired It Through The Grapevine," 2 July 2018 The seclusion and elevation of some interior holes even give this course an Up North feel. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Top 10 metro Detroit public golf courses for 2018," 6 July 2018 On another, these art works, and seclusion in the act of making them, foster a disconnect between other people, those who cannot be controlled. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'Hereditary' Is Dividing Audiences," 10 June 2018 Once the danger subsides, seclusion should end, the federal government advises. Washington Post, "A photo emerges and a Va. school system’s use of seclusion comes under scrutiny," 26 May 2018 The sand is pristine and the cliffs are tall here, so soak up a little seclusion just 13 miles south of downtown Half Moon Bay., "5 hidden beaches around Half Moon Bay," 12 July 2018 There also will be private spaces for workers who need seclusion for tasks like taking phone calls, or meeting with large teams. Adesuwa Agbonile, sacbee, "New space tailored to freelancers in the foothills: Coworking business to open in Folsom," 29 June 2018 According to a police report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the boy grabbed her by the wrist outside of the school’s Fine Arts Center to lead her to seclusion down by the auditorium. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "Buckhead prep school ‘failed her miserably’ after alleged assault, ex-student’s mom says," 22 June 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of seclusion

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

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