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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
rec•luse /n. ˈrɛklus, rɪˈklus; adj. rɪˈklus, ˈrɛklus/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a person who deliberately lives apart from society.

adj. re•cluse. 
  1. shut off or apart from the world.
re•clu•sive /rɪˈklusɪv/USA pronunciation  adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
rec•luse  (n. reklo̅o̅s, ri klo̅o̅s;adj. ri klo̅o̅s, reklo̅o̅s), 
  1. a person who lives in seclusion or apart from society, often for religious meditation.
  2. Also,incluse. a religious voluntary immured in a cave, hut, or the like, or one remaining within a cell for life.

adj. re•cluse. Also,re•clusive. 
  1. shut off or apart from the world;
    living in seclusion, often for religious reasons.
  2. characterized by seclusion;
  • Late Latin reclūsus, past participle of reclūdere to shut up, equivalent. to re- re- + -clūd-, combining form of claudere to close + -tus past participle suffix, with dt s
  • Old French reclus
  • Middle English 1175–1225

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

recluse /rɪˈkluːs/ n
  1. a person who lives in seclusion
  2. a person who lives in solitude to devote himself to prayer and religious meditation; a hermit, anchorite, or anchoress
  1. solitary; retiring
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French reclus, from Late Latin reclūdere to shut away, from Latin re- + claudere to close

reclusion /rɪˈkluːʒən/ n reˈclusive adj

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