seclusion

noun
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.

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Normally, kickers—like all the specialists—spend camp toiling in seclusion and, often, relative anonymity. Kalyn Kahler, SI.com, "Madness at 43 Yards: The Bears Kicker Competition Through the Eyes of Those Who Lived It," 21 Aug. 2019 The students of New CANAAN are the sons and daughters of hedge-fund principals and corporate executives who make their homes there, drawn by the town’s guarded seclusion. Sarah Schweitzer, The Atlantic, "The Lunch Ladies of New Canaan," 15 Aug. 2019 Practices are an important component, though, and Nagy likes that fans’ presence at camp creates pressure that can’t be duplicated in the seclusion of spring practices. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Elliott Fry’s 60-yard field goal turns boos to cheers as the Bears’ kicking competition debuts at training camp," 27 July 2019 Brash, tireless and in the seclusion of the boardroom wreathed in a cloud of cigar smoke and profanities, Mr Iacocca presented a public image when boss of Chrysler as the patriotic car guy urging his countrymen to buy American. The Economist, "Obituary: Lee Iacocca," 4 July 2019 Prime steakhouses are expert at mixing seclusion and discretion with sizzle and steak. Michael Hiller, Dallas News, "Want to sneak away? Try these hidden or secret bars in Las Vegas," 9 July 2019 This vision of gay seclusion and perpetual boyhood was rooted in living alone. Logan Scherer, Curbed, "Housesitting made me want a life I thought I didn’t need," 20 June 2019 All of the largest districts reported no seclusion incidents. Dallas News, "Texas schools are underreporting when students are restrained, federal watchdog finds," 25 June 2019 Hill added that the district prohibits educators from using seclusion. Washington Post, "Schools underreporting episodes of students being secluded and restrained, watchdog finds," 19 June 2019

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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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seclusion

noun

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

seclusion

noun
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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