List of 426 Sets of Synonyms - How they Differ - Total of 2307 Words - 367

SYNONYMS: solitude, isolation, seclusion, retirement.
These nouns denote the state of being alone.

Solitude implies the absence of all others: The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.
Isolation emphasizes total separation or detachment from others: We read of the isolation of Crusoe, depicted by Defoe's genius.
Seclusion suggests removal or a setting apart from others, though not necessarily complete inaccessibility; the term often connotes a withdrawal from social contact: After the funeral the widow and family spent several days in seclusion.
Retirement suggests a withdrawal from active life or to a retreat, as for serenity or privacy: He spent his last days in quiet retirement.

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