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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class VI. Words Relating to the Sentient and Moral Powers
Section III. Sympathetic Affections
1. Social Affections

893. Seclusion. Exclusion.

   NOUN:SECLUSION, privacy, retirement, eremitism, anchoretism, anchoritism, reclusion, recess; suspension; snugness &c. adj.; concealment, delitescence; rustication, rus in urbe [L.], ruralism, rurality [rare], solitude; solitariness (singleness) [See Unity]; isolation; “splendid isolation”; loneliness &c. adj.; estrangement from the world, voluntary exile; aloofness.
  depopulation, desertion, desolation; wilderness (unproductive) [See Unproductiveness]; howling wilderness; rotten borough, Old Sarum [Eng.].
  RETREAT, cell, hermitage, cloister; convent [See Temple]; sanctum sanctorum [L.], study, library, den [colloq.].
  EXCLUSION, excommunication, banishment, exile, ostracism, proscription; economic pressure; cut, cut direct; dead cut.
  UNSOCIABILITY, unsociableness, dissociability, dissociality; inhospitality, inhospitableness &c. adj.; domesticity, self-sufficiency, Darby and Joan.
  RECLUSE, hermit, eremite, anchoret or anchorite, anchorist [obs.]; santon; stylite, pillarist, pillar-saint [all Ch. hist.]; St. Simeon Stylites; caveman, cave-dweller, troglodyte, Timon of Athens, solitarian [obs.], solitaire, ruralist [obs.], disciple of Zimmermann, closet cynic, cynic, Diogenes.
  OUTCAST, pariah, leper; outsider, rank outsider; castaway, pilgarlic [low], wastrel [dial. Eng.], losel, foundling; wilding.
   VERB:BE or LIVE SECLUDED &c. adj.; keep -, stand -, hold oneself- -aloof, – in the background; keep snug; shut oneself up; deny oneself, seclude oneself; creep into a corner, rusticate, dissocialize; retire, – from the world; hermitize; take the veil; abandon [See Relinquishment]; sport one’s oak [Univ. slang, Eng.].
  EXCLUDE, repel; cut, – dead; refuse to -associate with, – acknowledge; send to Coventry, look cool -, turn one’s back -, shut the door- upon; blackball, excommunicate, exile, expatriate; banish, outlaw, maroon, ostracize, proscribe, cut off from, keep at arm’s length, draw a cordon round, boycott, embargo, blockade, isolate.
  DEPOPULATE, dispeople, unpeople; desolate, devastate.
   ADJECTIVE:SECLUDED, sequestered, retired, delitescent, private, by; in a backwater; out of the world, out of the way; “the world forgetting by the world forgot” [Pope].
  UNSOCIABLE, unsocial, dissocial, inhospitable, cynical, inconversable [obs.], unclubbable or unclubable [colloq.], sauvage [F.]; hermitical, eremitic or eremitical, anchoretic or anchoretical, anchoritic or anchoritical, anchoretish, anchoritish, troglodytic.
  snug, domestic, stay-at-home.
  EXCLUDED &c. v.; unfrequented, unvisited, unintroduced, uninvited, unwelcome; on the fringe of society; under a cloud, left to shift for oneself; deserted, – in one’s utmost need; unfriended, friendless, kithless, homeless, desolate, lorn, forlorn; solitary, lonely, lonesome, isolated, single, estranged; derelict, outcast, outside the gates, “yammering at the bars”; banished &c. v.; under an embargo.
  UNINHABITED, unoccupied, untenanted, tenantless, abandoned; uninhabitable.
  1. Noli me tangere.
  2. Among them but not of them.—Byron
  3. And homeless near a thousand homes I stood.—Wordsworth
  4. Far from the madding crowd’s ignoble strife.—Gray
  5. Makes a solitude and calls it peace.—Byron
  6. Magna civitas magna solitudo.
  7. Never less alone than when alone.—Rogers
  8. O sacred solitude! divine retreat!—Young
  9. Alone as the last man on earth.—Galsworthy