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Definition of "recluse" []

  • A person who withdraws from the world to live in seclusion and often in solitude. (noun)
  • Withdrawn from the world; reclusive. (adjective)
  • A person who lives in seclusion (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A person who lives in solitude to devote himself to prayer and religious meditation; a hermit, anchorite, or anchoress (noun)
  • Solitary; retiring (adjective)

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Use "recluse" in a sentence
  • "In He Who Fears the Wolf (Harcourt), the latest installment of this Norwegian series to be published in America, a young schizophrenic escapes from a mental institution and heads for the forest, where an old recluse is later found murdered."
  • "It was not until after our arrival at Tampico that I had the mortification to discover that the interesting creature, the charming recluse, is seventy-eight, and has just buried her seventh husband!"
  • "The Duchess of Kent has withdrawn from public life to such an extent that she is often described as a recluse, but her son Lord Nicholas Windsor is determined to speak out over causes that he believes in."