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recluse

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Etymology

From Old (and modern) French reclus, past participle of of reclure, from Latin recludere ‘enclose’, from re- + claudere ‘close’.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /rɪˈklu:s/

Adjective

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Positive
recluse

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  1. (now rare) Sequestered; secluded, isolated.
  2. (now rare) Hidden, secret.

Synonyms

Noun

Singular
recluse

Plural
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recluse ({{{1}}})
  1. A person who lives in self-imposed isolation or seclusion from the world, especially for religious purposes; a hermit.
  2. (obsolete) The place where a recluse dwells; a place of isolation or seclusion.
  3. (US) A brown recluse (spider.)

Derived terms


Italian

Verb

recluse f.

  1. Plural of recluso

recluse

  1. Third-person singular past historic of recludere.

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