claustration

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin clōstra (lock, enclosure).

Noun[edit]

claustration

  1. Shutting up or enclosing, usually referring to a religious cloister.
  2. A method used by emperors to keep their harems and to guarantee their virginity.

Quotations[edit]

shutting up
  • 1875, Henry James, Roderick Hudson, New York Edition 1909, hardcover, page 341
    He could scare find it in his heart to accuse Roderick of neglect of that function, united to him though the girl might be by a double bond; for it was natural that the inspirations of a man of genius should be both capricious and imperious, and on what plan had he ever started moreover but on that of diligence and claustration?

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From claustrer +‎ -ation.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

claustration f (plural claustrations)

  1. confinement
  2. (psychology) withdrawal

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