Definitions for: Recluse


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[adj] withdrawn from society; seeking solitude; "lived an unsocial reclusive life"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


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.


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

Synonyms: hermit, reclusive, solitary, solitudinarian, troglodyte, unsocial, withdrawn

See Also: John the Baptist, lone hand, lone wolf, loner

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