Adjective "recluse" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


A person who lives a solitary life and tends to avoid other people.
  1. 'he's a bit of a recluse'
  2. 'The only way to counter this is for us to become a nation of paranoid recluses.'
  3. '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.'
  4. 'The refusal of judges to give any interviews, under cover of antiquated ‘rules’ which a long forgotten lord chancellor had invented, compounded the sense that they were all, or almost all, malevolent recluses.'
  5. 'Parents, psychologists and politicians are still struggling to find ways to coax these recluses - who are predominantly male - out of their self-imposed exiles.'
  6. 'There are other figures whose lives, the details of which are hidden or only partially known, captivate us: eccentrics, artists, the recluses.'
  7. 'Without adequate storage to keep all the mass emails they get, these poor recluses will be forced to delete their email regularly, and as a result, be restricted from going out in the world and meeting real people!'
  8. 'In his time, ascetics and recluses again made an attempt to enter the Guru's flock.'
  9. 'The series also looks at recent developments in the worlds of animation and British comedy, and tells the strange tale of how convicts, scholars and recluses brought the Oxford English Dictionary into being.'
  10. 'Socially inept recluses isolated in dimly lit rooms devoid of furniture and warmth, lacking friends and family, hating their jobs and life in general are the usual way in which single people are portrayed.'
  11. 'In common with many other recluses, he doesn't appear to have been shy or uncomfortable in company.'


Favouring a solitary life.
  1. '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.'


1. a person who lives in seclusion or apart from society, often for religious meditation.

2. Also, incluse. a religious voluntary immured in a cave, hut, or the like, or one remaining within a cell for life. adjective, none, recluse[ri-kloos, rek-loos]/rɪˈklus, ˈrɛk lus/, Also, reclusive

3. shut off or apart from the world; living in seclusion, often for religious reasons.

4. characterized by seclusion; solitary.

More examples(as adjective)

"spiders can be recluse."


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