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(n) isolation Origin: L se-, apart + claudere, to close => 'to close apart' => 'to shut away from everyone else.' Leaving the unfinished kitchen work for the next day, Claudia tiredly switched off all lights, went to her room, saw her sleeping husband, ran out into the guest room, and in its seclusion, cried and cried and cried. She had been waiting the whole day to be wished, but Jose had forgotten her birthday! It took Jose two years to come out of his self-imposed seclusion and tell the world without hesitation that he was HIV positive. For two years, he shunned his wife, his family, his friends, everybody; he dared not step out of his room and took to bottle, haunted by constant fear of death, and what everybody would say when they discovered.

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