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[si-kloo-zhuh n] /sɪˈklu ʒən/
an act of secluding:
the seclusion of unruly students.
the state of being secluded; retirement; solitude:
He sought seclusion in his study.
a secluded place.
Origin of seclusion
1615-25; < Medieval Latin sēclūsiōn- (stem of sēclūsiō) < Latin sēclūs(us) (past participle of sēclūdere to seclude) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonseclusion, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for seclusion
  • It does not mean absolute seclusion or hostility to the world.
  • Country cottage designed for a duchess, enveloped in wooded seclusion.
  • You'll find the same seclusion the stars sought on this typically uncrowded stretch.
  • The spring breeze blew from the cobalt water, and the tropical trees gave the house a sense of seclusion.
  • Offering seclusion from ocean winds, it's perfect for picnics and soaking up the sun.
  • Over the years, she has gradually withdrawn into a seclusion shared by an ever-increasing number of stray cats.
  • The feeling of seclusion is enhanced by the absence of television or radio.
  • It was built for the seclusion of monastic life, and it still looks forbidding and unapproachable.
  • The two bedroom cottage at the back of the parcel also maintains privacy and a certain amount of seclusion.
  • He alleged intentional infliction of emotional distress, intrusion upon seclusion, and civil conspiracy.
British Dictionary definitions for seclusion


the act of secluding or the state of being secluded
a secluded place
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin sēclūsiō; see seclude
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Word Origin and History for seclusion

1610s, from Medieval Latin seclusionem (nominative seclusio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin secludere (see seclude).

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