[n. rek-loos, ri-kloos; adj. ri-kloos, rek-loos]
a person who lives in seclusion or apart from society, often for religious meditation.
Also, incluse. a religious voluntary immured in a cave, hut, or the like, or one remaining within a cell for life.
adjective, recluse, Also, reclusive.
shut off or apart from the world; living in seclusion, often for religious reasons.
characterized by seclusion; solitary.

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French reclus < 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

nonreclusive, adjective
unrecluse, adjective
unreclusive, adjective Unabridged
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recluse (rɪˈkluːs)
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
3.  solitary; retiring
[C13: from Old French reclus, from Late Latin reclūdere to shut away, from Latin re- + claudere to close]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., "person shut up from the world for purposes of religious meditation," from O.Fr. reclus (fem. recluse), noun use of reclus (adj.) "shut up," from L.L. reclusus, pp. of recludere "to shut up, enclose" (but in classical L. "to throw open"), from L. re-, intensive prefix + claudere "to shut"
(see close (v.)). Reclusive first recorded 1590s (recluse formerly served also as an adj. in English).
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Example sentences
Her life, lived as a half recluse, gave rise to all sorts of stories concerning
The penitential austerities which she practised, were such as seemed rather to
  suit a recluse than one who lived in a court.
If they have any idea of his subsequent life, it's probably that he became a
The recluse witnesses what others perform by their aid with a kind of fear.
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