Definition of seclusion in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The state of being private and away from other people.

    ‘they enjoyed ten days of peace and seclusion’
    • ‘Living on an island usually means living in seclusion, the water on all sides disconnecting inhabitants from the rest of the world and all of modernity.’
    • ‘These monks live in seclusion, and study the ways of the giant squid.’
    • ‘The initiates themselves must remain in seclusion during the sometimes grueling training.’
    • ‘Such interest is anathema to Sun Wen, a quietly spoken intellectual who enjoys writing poetry in seclusion.’
    • ‘Cows have their counter-strategies, leaving the group to live in seclusion when they are calving.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After a day in seclusion, relatives of executed American hostage Paul Johnson Jr. released a statement.’
    • ‘In about eight miles of Lancaster, there are about 25,000 Amish living in seclusion.’
    • ‘Those with the least to reveal are the ones most interested in seclusion.’
    • ‘Women went from being autonomous individuals to subservient beings living in seclusion.’
    • ‘Cpl Hassoun's relatives in Utah have been in seclusion since the report of his death was issued on Saturday.’
    • ‘And it's going to be quite a buzz because the twins have been in seclusion and they have been out of the public eye.’
    • ‘The family here in Utah has stayed in seclusion throughout its ordeal, shutting the door to the news media.’
    • ‘This is a very extraordinary thing, because the family really has been in seclusion for the past 24 hours.’
    • ‘She retired to her native Tiverton in 1801 and lived in seclusion until her death in 1809.’
    • ‘Jimmy Connors is not Howard Hughes, but has spent a good deal longer in seclusion.’
    • ‘Just a few months ago you were in seclusion on a mountaintop with small goats keeping you company.’
    • ‘Now he lives in seclusion in Kent, a practising magistrate who writes frequently for the Tablet.’
    • ‘I believe that the son speaks for so many sons and daughters out there, living out this nightmare in seclusion.’
    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
    sequestration, reclusion
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    1. 1.1archaic [count noun]A sheltered or private place.


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