recluse

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French reclus, past participle of reclure, from Latin reclūdere, present active infinitive of reclūdō (enclose), from re- + claudō (close).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

recluse (comparative more recluse, superlative most recluse)

  1. (now rare) Sequestered; secluded, isolated.
    a recluse monk or hermit
    • J. Philips
      In meditation deep, recluse / From human converse.
  2. (now rare) Hidden, secret.

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Noun[edit]

recluse (plural recluses)

  1. A person who lives in self-imposed isolation or seclusion from the world, especially for religious purposes; a hermit.
  2. (obsolete) The place where a recluse dwells; a place of isolation or seclusion.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Foxe to this entry?)
  3. (US) A brown recluse spider.

Synonyms[edit]

(hermit): anchorite, eremite, hermit

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Verb[edit]

recluse (third-person singular simple present recluses, present participle reclusing, simple past and past participle reclused)

  1. (obsolete) To shut; to seclude.

French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

recluse f

  1. feminine form of reclus

Italian[edit]

Participle[edit]

recluse

  1. feminine plural of recluso

Verb[edit]

recluse

  1. third-person singular past historic of recludere

Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

reclūse

  1. vocative masculine singular of reclūsus