One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The state of being private and away from other people.‘they enjoyed ten days of peace and 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 interferenceView synonyms
- ‘Without security, regardless of their legitimate rights, women will be fearful and will choose to remain 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.’
- ‘Those with the least to reveal are the ones most interested in seclusion.’
- ‘The family here in Utah has stayed in seclusion throughout its ordeal, shutting the door to the news media.’
- ‘She retired to her native Tiverton in 1801 and lived in seclusion until her death in 1809.’
- ‘Just a few months ago you were in seclusion on a mountaintop with small goats keeping you company.’
- ‘Cows have their counter-strategies, leaving the group to live in seclusion when they are calving.’
- ‘After a day in seclusion, relatives of executed American hostage Paul Johnson Jr. released a statement.’
- ‘Such interest is anathema to Sun Wen, a quietly spoken intellectual who enjoys writing poetry in seclusion.’
- ‘These monks live in seclusion, and study the ways of the giant squid.’
- ‘At the same time, authorities couldn't hold such a prominent figure in seclusion for interrogation indefinitely.’
- ‘The initiates themselves must remain in seclusion during the sometimes grueling training.’
- ‘In about eight miles of Lancaster, there are about 25,000 Amish living in 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.’
- ‘This is a very extraordinary thing, because the family really has been in seclusion for the past 24 hours.’
- ‘Jimmy Connors is not Howard Hughes, but has spent a good deal longer in seclusion.’
- ‘I believe that the son speaks for so many sons and daughters out there, living out this nightmare in seclusion.’
- ‘Now he lives in seclusion in Kent, a practising magistrate who writes frequently for the Tablet.’
- 1.1archaic A sheltered or private place.
Early 17th century: from medieval Latin seclusio(n-), from secludere ‘shut off’ (see seclude).
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