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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.
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
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Local recluse and widow Mr. Brundish (a compellingly quiet and intense Nighy), around whom local gossip comically swirls, is sympathetic to Florence’s cause, sensing that Hardborough needs her.
Puli was actually a recluse poet named Lu Guimeng (also known by the courtesy name Luwang).
While his rival of the past half-century, Bob Arum, continues to promote on a regular basis, King has been something of a recluse for nearly a decade.
After many years as a recluse and ne’er-do-well, Axl Rose has become a road warrior.
He and his wife Rosalie bought the 80 acres in 1953 from the estate of George Reeve, a semi-recluse who died there in 1952.
Emily Dickinson This poet was a famous recluse and never married.
But Lee, long a recluse, played to character and didn’t bother to show up.
The brown recluse is one of the few species capable of a harmful, tissue-killing bite.
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: a person who lives alone and avoids other people
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