One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Confinement, as if in a cloister.
- ‘The implications of the female's claustration are made obvious by these conventions themselves (or at least by their modern cultural connotations): male is the accepted gender for narrating.’
- ‘I felt a revulsion against the long isolation that writing imposes, the claustration, the sense of exclusion; I experienced a thrill of distaste for the alternative life that writing is supposed to represent.’
- ‘Even in the Tridentine world which demanded strict claustration of all solemnly professed religious women, these women monitored the finances of their families and insisted upon the prompt payment of various sums.’
- ‘Society was controlled by a draconian legal code, with five grades of punishment ranging from tattooing or branding the face, through cutting off the nose, amputating the feet, castration or (for women) claustration, to death.’
- ‘The priest goes into the trick tomb to deprive himself of carnal satisfaction, of food and sex, accepting a sort of claustration that gives him the eternal possibility of reliving his desire.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin claustrum ‘lock, bolt’ + -ation.
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