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 (I disclose, I open), from re- + claudō (close).

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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
    Synonyms: anchorite, eremite, 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

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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]

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recluse

  1. feminine singular of reclus

Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

recluse

  1. Feminine plural of adjective recluso.

Noun[edit]

recluse f

  1. plural of reclusa

Verb 1[edit]

recluse

  1. feminine plural of the past participle of recludere

Verb 2[edit]

recluse

  1. third-person singular past historic of recludere

Latin[edit]

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Participle[edit]

reclūse

  1. vocative masculine singular of reclūsus