1. Social Affections

Seclusion. Exclusion.

[Antonyms: sociality.]

[Nouns] seclusion, privacy; retirement; reclusion, recess; snugness; delitescence; rustication, rus in urbe; solitude; solitariness (singleness) [more]; isolation; loneliness; estrangement from the world, voluntary exile; aloofness.

cell, hermitage; convent [more]; sanctum sanctorum.

depopulation, desertion, desolation; wilderness (unproductive) [more]; howling wilderness; rotten borough, Old Sarum.

exclusion, excommunication, banishment, exile, ostracism, proscription; cut, cut direct; dead cut.

inhospitality, inhospitableness; dissociability; domesticity, Darby and Joan.

recluse, hermit, eremite, cenobite; anchoret, anchorite; Simon Stylites; troglodyte, Timon of Athens, Santon, solitaire, ruralist, disciple of Zimmermann, closet cynic, Diogenes; outcast, Pariah, castaway, pilgarlic; wastrel, foundling, wilding.

[Verbs] be secluded, live secluded; keep aloof, stand, hold oneself aloof, keep in the background, stand in the background; keep snug; shut oneself up; deny oneself, seclude oneself, creep into a corner, rusticate, aller planter ses choux; retire, retire from the world; take the veil; abandon [more]; sport one's oak.

cut, cut dead; refuse to associate with, refuse to acknowledge; look cool upon, turn one's back upon, shut the door upon; repel, blackball, excommunicate, exclude, exile, expatriate; banish, outlaw, maroon, ostracize, proscribe, cut off from, send to Coventry, keep at arm's length, draw a cordon round.

depopulate; dispeople, unpeople.

[Adjectives] secluded, sequestered, retired, delitescent, private, bye; out of the world, out of the way; "the world forgetting by the world forgot" [Pope].

snug, domestic, stay-at-home.

unsociable; unsocial, dissocial; inhospitable, cynical, inconversable, unclubbable, sauvage, troglodytic.

solitary; lonely, lonesome; isolated, single.

estranged; unfrequented; uninhabitable, uninhabited; tenantless; abandoned; deserted, deserted in one's utmost need; unfriended; kithless, friendless, homeless; lorn, forlorn, desolate.

unvisited, unintroduced, uninvited, unwelcome; under a cloud, left to shift for oneself, derelict, outcast.


[Phrases] noli me tangere.

"among them but not of them" [Byron]; �and homeless near a thousand homes I stood" [Wordsworth]; far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife [Gray]; "makes a solitude and calls it peace" [Byron]; magna civitas magna solitudo; "never less alone than when alone" [Rogers]; "O sacred solitude! divine retreat!" [Young].

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