re·​clu·​sive | \ ri-ˈklü-siv How to pronounce reclusive (audio) , -ziv\

Definition of reclusive

1 : seeking solitude : retiring from society a reclusive neighbor While Stephen King is far from reclusive, he doesn't spend much time promoting his horror-filled novels.— Sarah Lyall
2 : marked by seclusion or retirement : solitary … sit under the reclusive calm of the acacia tree.— H. E. Bates

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Other Words from reclusive

reclusively adverb
reclusiveness noun

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Rather than arrive in person to collect his award, the famously reclusive Margiela sent a letter to be read in his absence at the ceremony. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Martin Margiela Makes a Rare Statement on Contemporary Fashion," 12 Oct. 2018 Chinese state media says that the once-reclusive North Korean leader will make a two-day state visit to Beijing starting Tuesday. Editors, USA TODAY, "Trump's immigration policy, Juneteenth, World Cup group stage: 5 things to know Tuesday," 19 June 2018 One surprise was followed by another: the famously reclusive Supreme founder James Jebbia appeared on stage to accept the award. Cam Wolf, GQ, "Supreme Just Won the Biggest Award in Menswear," 5 June 2018 Today, it was announced that the reclusive designer who departed his namesake brand in 2009 would be a judge for the 2019 ANDAM Prize. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Elusive No More, Martin Margiela Will Judge This Year’s ANDAM Prize," 20 Mar. 2019 However, Kim Jong Un, a decidedly more charismatic leader than his reclusive father, could follow through. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "A Kim Jong Un visit to Seoul? It would be surreal challenge," 20 Sep. 2018 Since then, art fans, bloggers and amateur genealogists alike have delved into the implausible back story of the reclusive, pack-rat nanny. Jason Meisner,, "Genealogical investigation uncovers 10 heirs of famed Chicago street photographer Vivian Maier," 26 June 2018 North Korea is reclusive, totalitarian and to most of the world, a pariah state. Bob Drogin,, "Here's what you need to know about the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore," 10 June 2018 Kim, the authoritarian, 30-something leader of the reclusive state of 25 million, is accused of having been involved in the assassination of his own half brother at a Malaysian airport two years ago., "A long wait in steamy city for glimpse at history in making," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of reclusive

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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