Definitions

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Confinement in a cloister.

Etymologies

From Latin clōstra ("lock, enclosure"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As to whether the "claustration" to which I condemn myself may be a

    The George Sand-Gustave Flaubert Letters

  • So, given the nineteenth century, we are opposed, as a general proposition, and among all peoples, in Asia as well as in Europe, in India as well as in Turkey, to ascetic claustration.

    Les Miserables

  • As to whether the “claustration” to which I condemn myself may be a “state of joy,” no.

    The George Sand-Gustave Flaubert Letters

  • And to my silence as to the causes of her claustration, was it not comprehensible that she should correspond with a similar and constant silence as to her perpetual desires, her innumerable memories and hopes?

    The Sweet Cheat Gone

  • I was less sad than usual because the melancholy of her expression, the sort of claustration which the startling hue of her gown set between her and the rest of the world, made her seem somehow lonely and unhappy, and this comforted me.

    The Guermantes Way

  • Marriage with Fyne was certainly a change but only to another kind of claustration.

    Chance A Tale in Two Parts

  • A monastery will do that too; but in the unholy claustration of a jail you are thrown back wholly upon yourself -- for God and Faith are not there.

    Chance A Tale in Two Parts

  • The fanaticism aroused in the townsfolk by this incident; the execution by torture of Jean Calas, accused as a Protestant of having hanged his son, who had gone over to the Church of Rome; the ruin of the family; the claustration of the daughters; the flight of the widow to

    A Little Tour of France

  • _lacune_, and the grandmother felt that the result of the three years 'claustration in nowise corresponded to its expense.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 49, November, 1861

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