noun, plural pri·va·cies for 5, 6.
Origin of privacy
Isolation and sequestration generally signify physical separation. In contrast to privacy and secrecy, which are usually sought by the individuals involved, isolation and sequestration are often imposed by others. For example, a vulnerable medical patient might be kept in isolation to protect him from acquiring an infection through contact with others, or a prisoner might be placed in isolation —that is, in solitary confinement—as punishment for an infraction. Sequestration can refer to things as well as to people, and is most often used to specify separation in technical or legal contexts: Carbon sequestration in the coal industry can potentially alleviate the problem of global warming; Sequestration of the jury she was serving on kept her away from her family for weeks; Until its leaders comply with international agreements, sequestration of that nation's overseas bank accounts will remain in effect.
One wants to keep one's secrets secret, and as well, keep many aspects of one's life private. But the ability of powerful corporations, government intelligence agencies, online stores, social media, or even individual thieves to reach and probe into our personal communications, buying habits, financial resources, circle of friends, and general lifestyle poses threats to one's privacy. Fortunately, for most people, reasonable precautions are usually enough to allow them to engage in normal activities without great worry.
Related Words for privaciesseclusion, isolation, solitude, quiet, sequestration, aloofness, retirement, separation, separateness, concealment, retreat, confidentiality, penetralia
Examples from the Web for privacies
Historical Examples of privacies
In this view it is desirable to be introduced into the privacies of domestic life.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
If you love the man of letters, seek him in the privacies of his study.Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)
This, of course, let her into the privacies of domestic life.Ask Momma
R. S. Surtees
The invader of privacies glanced at the clock in his turn and shook his head.The Price
The editor has aimed to avoid all privacies and personalities which might be indelicate in relation to family circles.Men of Our Times
Harriet Beecher Stowe