May 28, 2016
- seclusion (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : the act of keeping away from others : the state of being shut away2 : a place that is hidden from view
- How do you use it?
- Tired of performing for large audiences on his concert tour, the singer looked forward to retiring to the seclusion of his mountain cabin and writing new songs.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which one of these words do you think is a synonym of "seclusion"?You are not alone in choosing C. "Seclusion" indicates a shutting away or keeping apart from others and often suggests voluntary withdrawal from the world or retirement to a quiet life (as in "living in rural seclusion"), while "isolation" stresses a separation from others that is often involuntary ("the isolation of the village in winter"). "Solitude," another synonym, implies being apart from all human beings or being cut off from your usual associates, either by wish or circumstances ("a few quiet hours of solitude").