- a person who lives in seclusion or apart from society, often for religious meditation.
- Also incluse. a religious voluntary immured in a cave, hut, or the like, or one remaining within a cell for life.
- shut off or apart from the world; living in seclusion, often for religious reasons.
- characterized by seclusion; solitary.
Origin of recluse
Examples from the Web for reclusive
It opens with Hannah and her reclusive boyfriend Adam having sex, in a scene so disturbing that it felt close to abuse.Why ‘Girls’ Is Bad for Women
March 31, 2014
The reclusive communist state confirmed his execution on Thursday.The Women Behind the Throne in North Korea's 'Empire of Horror'
December 15, 2013
Talking with Coneys and Halsted dramatically revised my view of Lennon as a reclusive and contrary man.How John Lennon Rediscovered His Music in Bermuda
November 3, 2013
In fact, Salinger spent his last, reclusive decades in his Cornish, N.H. living room, screening Lost Horizon and other classics.15 Revelations from New J.D. Salinger Biography
September 2, 2013
Sears Holdings is run by the reclusive hedge-fund billionaire Edward Lampert.Sears Continues Its Long, Sad Decline
August 22, 2013
Perhaps I thought so reclusive a man as he even then appeared would never come at all.Old Familiar Faces
- a person who lives in seclusion
- a person who lives in solitude to devote himself to prayer and religious meditation; a hermit, anchorite, or anchoress
- solitary; retiring
Word Origin and History for reclusive
c.1200, "person shut up from the world for purposes of religious meditation," from Old French reclus (fem. recluse) "hermit, recluse," also "confinement, prison; convent, monastery," noun use of reclus (adj.) "shut up," from Late Latin reclusus, past participle of recludere "to shut up, enclose" (but in classical Latin "to throw open"), from Latin re-, intensive prefix, + claudere "to shut" (see close (v.)).