Definition of recluse in English:


Syllabification: rec·luse
Pronunciation: /ˈrekˌlo͞os
, rəˈklo͞os/


A person who lives a solitary life and tends to avoid other people.
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  • Though not hermits or recluses, they do enjoy their own space to ruminate about what makes the world go round not to mention what makes people tick.
  • The majority had to severely restrict their lives by changing or abandoning work, curtailing all social activities, and becoming virtual recluses.
  • In his time, ascetics and recluses again made an attempt to enter the Guru's flock.
hermit, ascetic, eremite, marabout
historical anchorite, anchoress
loner, solitary, lone wolf, troglodyte;
Japanese hikikomori
rare solitudinarian, solitarian


archaic Back to top  
Favoring a solitary life.
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  • He was a very secretive sort of individual, a very recluse sort of a person, and didn't have much to do with many of the people of this congregation.
  • In my youth I was living in the capital, so that I was able to study in the Board of Astronomy; subsequently, I was instructed in mathematics by a recluse scholar.


Middle English: from Old French reclus, past participle of reclure, from Latin recludere 'enclose', from re- 'again' + claudere 'to shut'.



Pronunciation: /riˈklo͞oZHən/
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  • His reclusion was so absolute that as recently as 2001 he avoided attending a wedding on the long shot that he might bump into a journalist that he scarcely even knew.
  • In more recent years, Brando's brilliance as an actor was overshadowed by his eccentric reclusion, the turmoil in his family life and financial disputes.
  • For the next five years, Ting plans to live in reclusion and focus on a new breakthrough in his art.

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