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Recluse definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

RECLU'SE, a.
Shut up; sequestered; retired from the world or from public notice; solitary; as a recluse monk or hermit; a recluse life.
I all the live-long day consume in meditation deep, recluse from human converse.
RECLU'SE, n.
1. A person who live in retirement or seclusion from intercourse with the world; as a hermit or monk.
2. A person who confines himself to a cell in a monastery.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: withdrawn from society; seeking solitude; "lived an unsocial reclusive life" [syn: recluse, reclusive, withdrawn] n
1: one who lives in solitude [syn: hermit, recluse, solitary, solitudinarian, troglodyte]

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French reclus, literally, shut away, from Late Latin reclusus, past participle of recludere to shut up, from Latin re- + claudere to close more at close Date: 13th century marked by withdrawal from society ; solitary reclusive adjective reclusively adverb reclusiveness noun II. noun Date: 13th century a person who leads a secluded or solitary life

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & adj. --n. a person given to or living in seclusion or isolation, esp. as a religious discipline; a hermit. --adj. favouring seclusion; solitary. Derivatives: reclusion n. reclusive adj. Etymology: ME f. OF reclus recluse past part. of reclure f. L recludere reclus- (as RE-, claudere shut)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Recluse 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. Philips.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Recluse Re*cluse", n. [F. reclus, LL. reclusus. See Recluse, a.] 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Recluse Re*cluse", v. t. To shut; to seclude. [Obs.]

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(recluses) A recluse is a person who lives alone and deliberately avoids other people. His widow became a virtual recluse for the remainder of her life. N-COUNT: usu sing

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. a. Secluded, sequestered, retired, solitary, shut up. II. n. Hermit, anchoret, solitary, solitaire, anchorite, eremite, ascetic.

Moby Thesaurus

Diogenes, Hieronymian, Hieronymite, Timon of Athens, anchoress, anchorite, anchoritic, ascetic, bedridden invalid, cenobite, character, cloistered, cloistered monk, closet cynic, crackpot, crank, desert fathers, desert saints, domestic, eccentric, eremite, eremitic, erratic, flake, freak, hermetic, hermit, hermitess, hermitic, hermitish, homebody, invalid, isolationist, kook, loner, marabout, monk, nonconformist, nun, nut, oddball, outcast, pariah, pillar saint, pillarist, screwball, secluse, seclusionist, seclusive, sequestered, shut in, shut up, shut-in, solitaire, solitary, solitudinarian, stay-at-home, strange duck, stylite, weirdo



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