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

Other Words from reclusive

reclusively adverb
reclusiveness noun

Examples of reclusive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Count Orlok, played by Max Schreck, is reclusive and antisocial, not a courtly debonair. Roy Schwartz, CNN, 2 Apr. 2022 In a sort of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre turn, Charlotte finds work as a governess for a brooding, reclusive and mysterious Mr. Colbourne. Sheena Scott, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2022 The Taliban leadership today is different from the one-man rule of Mullah Mohammad Omar, the reclusive founder of the Taliban movement in the mid-1990s who reigned with a heavy hand. Kathy Gannon,, 28 Mar. 2022 That’s one of the things Marta Ortega Pérez learned from her father, Amancio Ortega, the reclusive founder of the multibillion-dollar fashion behemoth Zara. Rosie Mcguinness, WSJ, 3 Sep. 2021 Manser maintains Ismay acted honorably on Titanic and was anything but reclusive afterward. People Staff,, 15 Apr. 2022 Kerimov, 56, is a reclusive figure who rarely grants interviews but is known for ostentatious displays. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2022 The typically reclusive Breathed will co-write and executive produce the project, which is being produced by Fox Entertainment, Bento Box Entertainment, Miramax, Spyglass Media Group and Project X Entertainment. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2022 Since this reclusive artist died in 1973, his landlords have controlled work left behind in his apartment. New York Times, 7 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of reclusive

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Reclusive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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