re·clu·sive | \ ri-ˈklü-siv , -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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Photos like those released Thursday of CIA chief turned new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meeting the world's most reclusive leader Kim Jong Un would create news shockwaves that would rumble for weeks. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "An unbelievable week -- or just another week in Trump world," 27 Apr. 2018 About that time, McCulloch got the notion to try to profile Hughes, the famously reclusive billionaire. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Longtime journalist Frank McCulloch, former Examiner managing editor, dies at 98," 15 May 2018 Pompeo, who first traveled to North Korea as CIA chief in early April, is only the second sitting secretary of state to visit the reclusive nation with which the U.S. is still technically at war. Matthew Lee, Time, "3 Americans Detained in North Korea Are Now Flying Back to the U.S. With Mike Pompeo, Trump Says," 9 May 2018 The delegation from Eritrea, one of the world’s most reclusive countries, led by Foreign Minister Osman Sale came after a surprising exchange of goodwill that began early this month with a gesture to end one of Africa’s longest-running conflicts. Elias Meseret, The Seattle Times, "Ethiopia welcomes 1st delegation from rival Eritrea in years," 26 June 2018 Hired to fix a car for a reclusive software designer named Eron Keen (Harrison Gilbertson), Grey takes Asha with him to meet the designer in his top-secret underground studio. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Upgrade is so derivative, it’s original," 14 June 2018 Trump, current and former aides said, has been preoccupied with North Korea since his predecessor, Barack Obama, warned him in a closed-door meeting two days after he was elected that the reclusive state would be his No. Mark Landler, The Seattle Times, "Trump intrigued with solving threat from North Korea," 11 June 2018 Eleven of Ern's 12 nieces and nephews are demanding that a court void his 2009 will, arguing that Berenzweig improperly pressured their reclusive uncle into making her the sole beneficiary. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Financial adviser for Milwaukee man who lived like a hermit ordered to return $1 million," 5 June 2018 The notoriously reclusive pop singer, known for his contributions to the 50 Shades of Grey and Black Panther soundtracks and a catalogue of music videos that draw inspiration from Scorsese and French New Wave, is also an unabashed cineaste. Adam Robb, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Weeknd's Guide to Paris and the South of France," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of reclusive

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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