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seclusion

Line breaks: se¦clu|sion
Pronunciation: /sɪˈkluːʒ(ə)n
 
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Definition of seclusion in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1The state of being private and away from other people: they enjoyed ten days of peace and seclusion
More example sentences
  • After a day in seclusion, relatives of executed American hostage Paul Johnson Jr. released a statement.
  • Without security, regardless of their legitimate rights, women will be fearful and will choose to remain in seclusion.
  • At the same time, authorities couldn't hold such a prominent figure in seclusion for interrogation indefinitely.
Synonyms
isolation, solitude, retreat, privacy, privateness, retirement, withdrawal, purdah, an ivory tower, concealment, hiding, secrecy, peace, peace and quiet, peacefulness, quietness, lack of disturbance, lack of interruption, freedom from interference
1.1 [count noun] archaic A sheltered or private place.

Origin

early 17th century: from medieval Latin seclusio(n-), from secludere 'shut off' (see seclude).

Derivatives

seclusive

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • The monk tried six times to travel to Japan to spread Buddhism to that seclusive country.
  • They're much more seclusive, having been able to avoid us thus far.
  • Her career as a factory laborer lasted about 40 years, and neighbors testified she lived a ‘seclusive’ live, reading, going to church, and enjoying the company of her sisters.

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