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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
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nonseclusion, noun Unabridged
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  • Mr. Wiggins has plans of immense importance; they require great quiet and seclusion.

    The Living Link James De Mille
  • I shut myself into this place of seclusion, after breakfast, and meditate.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • They might have fled to the jungle and lived there in safety and seclusion.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • He was not the less alone for having spent so many years in seclusion and retirement.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • The excitement of making new friends, and learning the immemorial lore of Yale, pulled him out of his shell of seclusion.

    Mountain Clement Wood
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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