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recluse (rɪˈkluːs Pronunciation for recluse



  1. a person who lives in seclusion
  2. a person who lives in solitude to devote himself to prayer and religious meditation; a hermit, anchorite, or anchoress


  1. solitary; retiring

Derived Forms

reclusion (rɪˈkluːʒən Pronunciation for reclusion  noun
reˈclusive adjective

Word Origin

C13: from Old French reclus, from Late Latin reclūdere to shut away, from Latin re- + claudere to close

Translations for 'recluse'

  • British English: recluse A recluse is a person who lives alone and deliberately avoids other people. NOUNHis widow became a virtual recluse for the remainder of her life.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: recluso reclusa
  • Chinese: 隐居者隐隱居者
  • European Spanish: ermitaño ermitaña
  • French: reclus recluse
  • German: Einsiedler Einsiedlerin
  • Italian: eremita
  • Japanese: 世捨て人
  • Korean: 은둔자
  • Portuguese: recluso reclusa
  • Spanish: ermitaño ermitaña

Example Sentences Including 'recluse'

Hall said: `Is it true that Father Darrow's a recluse nowadays and sees no one?
Howatch, Susan Absolute Truths
He had become something of a recluse over these last months.
Appiganesi, Lisa Dreams of Innocence
In 1956 Jon had yet to become the recluse who refused to have a telephone in his home.
Howatch, Susan Absolute Truths
Leon Trotsky Dr Zhivago illustrates Trotsky's point, though with considerably more sympathy for the would-be recluse.
Spiked (2002)
Suddenly, the work of the 49-year-old recluse from Monto is white hot.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2004)
The Government has provided out-of-the-way accommodation and I have to live like a recluse.
Geraghty, Tony The Bullet Catchers
This was how Hughes was remembered - as a recluse and eccentric whose aversion to people led him to isolate himself.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2005)


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