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Meaning of RECLUSE

Pronunciation:  'riklooz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  one who lives in solitude
  2. [adj]  withdrawn from society; seeking solitude; "lived an unsocial reclusive life"

RECLUSE is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: hermit, reclusive, solitary, solitudinarian, troglodyte, unsocial, withdrawn
 See Also: John the Baptist, lone hand, lone wolf, loner



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*cluse"\, a. [L. reclus, L. reclusus, from recludere,
    reclusum, to unclose, open, in LL., to shut up. See {Close}.]
    Shut up, sequestered; retired from the world or from public
    notice; solitary; living apart; as, a recluse monk or hermit;
    a recluse life
          In meditation deep, recluse From human converse. --J.
  2. \Re*cluse"\, n. [F. reclus, LL. reclusus. See {Recluse},
    1. A person who lives in seclusion from intercourse with the
       world, as a hermit or monk; specifically, one of a class
       of secluded devotees who live in single cells; usually
       attached to monasteries.
    2. The place where a recluse dwells. [Obs.] --Foxe.
  3. \Re*cluse"\, v. t.
    To shut; to seclude. [Obs.]