reclusive

adjective
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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By personally negotiating terms for North Korea abandoning its nuclear weapons with the rogue country's reclusive leader - something previous American presidents did not do - Trump put his brand of transactional, mano-a-mano diplomacy to a test. Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "In a bid for history, Trump flatters North Korea's totalitarian leader," 12 June 2018 By personally negotiating terms for North Korea abandoning its nuclear weapons with the rogue country’s reclusive leader — something previous American presidents did not do — Trump put his brand of transactional, mano-a-mano diplomacy to a test ... Erica Werner, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Republican senators only willing to go so far in challenging Trump on trade," 12 June 2018 The setting on Sentosa was carefully staged to put both leaders on equal footing, projecting a jarring normalcy to the spectacle of a ruthless and reclusive authoritarian strolling at ease in a tropical resort with the leader of the free world. Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "In a bid for history, Trump flatters North Korea's totalitarian leader," 12 June 2018 His motorcade was seen speeding through the streets of Singapore -- a rare sight for the reclusive leader who rarely travels abroad. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Trump arrives in Singapore ahead of critical summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un," 10 June 2018 My husband was angry, passive-aggressive and reclusive. Abigail Van Buren, Houston Chronicle, "Man devoted to wife suffering parkinson’s fulfills his vows," 21 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of reclusive

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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