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Greta Garbo and Howard Hughes were two of the most famously reclusive celebrities of modern times. She had been a great international star, called the most beautiful woman in the world; he had been an aircraft manufacturer and film producer, with one of the greatest fortunes in the world. It seems that Garbo's reclusiveness resulted from her desire to leave her public with only the youthful image of her face. Hughes was terrified of germs, though that was the least of his problems.
Origin and Etymology of recluse
Examples of recluse in a Sentence
My neighbor is a recluse—I only see him about once a year.
he was sick of cities and crowds, so he decided to go live by himself in the woods as a recluse
Recent Examples of recluse from the Web
Tepper is expected to be more outspoken that the relatively recluse Richardson, who hasn't granted an interview with the media in more than a decade.
Kentucky All-American center Bill Spivey died a recluse in Costa Rica, having been kicked off the UK team months after leading it to the 1951 NCAA title.
Chouinard, typically a recluse, took to the airwaves to bash Trump.
Lamarr’s intriguing life — and her tragic end as a recluse — is the subject of the documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story.
The bomber, Theodore Kaczynski, was a mathematics professor turned recluse whose crudely fashioned bombs killed three people and injured 24 others over a 17-year period beginning in 1978.
Far from being a recluse shut up with whirring machinery, Pappalardo had a bouncy greeting for everyone who walked through the shop door.
And then there’s the lovely part of social media that everyone, famous or recluse, has to deal with: trolls.
In 2016, after Clark’s Trading Post held open auditions to find someone to play the unkempt recluse with a bushy beard, the new Wolfman had to watch the video to learn from Farrand’s example.
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RECLUSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of recluse for English Language Learners
: a person who lives alone and avoids other people
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