• WordNet 3.6
    • adj reclusive providing privacy or seclusion "the cloistered academic world of books","sat close together in the sequestered pergola","sitting under the reclusive calm of a shade tree","a secluded romantic spot"
    • adj reclusive withdrawn from society; seeking solitude "lived an unsocial reclusive life"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Reclusive Affording retirement from society. "Some reclusive and religious life."
    • Reclusive Disposed to avoid the company of other people; living like a recluse{1}; not sociable; -- of people.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • reclusive Affording retirement from soeiety; recluse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Reclusive (Shak.) affording retirement or seclusion
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  • Margaret Fuller
    “Essays, entitled critical, are epistles addressed to the public, through which the mind of the recluse relieves itself of its impressions.”
  • Susan Sontag
    “The writer is either a practicing recluse or a delinquent, guilt-ridden one; or both. Usually both.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. reclusus, pa.p. of recludĕre, to open, shut away—re-, away, claudĕre, to shut.


In literature:

My task now is to describe some of those recluses who still live in the biographies of the saints and the traditions of the church.
"A Short History of Monks and Monasteries" by Alfred Wesley Wishart
Ordinarily a sociable person, in the past week I had become a recluse.
"Zarlah the Martian" by R. Norman Grisewood
This jousts was done tofore the hermitage where a recluse dwelled.
"Chronicle and Romance (The Harvard Classics Series)" by Jean Froissart, Thomas Malory, Raphael Holinshed
What right, I said, has a Buddhist recluse, born either in 1281 or 1283, to harass me so?
"Mince Pie" by Christopher Darlington Morley
He was no mere idealist or recluse to undervalue or despise the real grandeur of the world.
"Bacon" by Richard William Church
It is base to be ungrateful to the studious recluses who are the devotees of science.
"Brave Men and Women" by O.E. Fuller
Was there pose in these depictions of Mr. Hugo Canning as a morose recluse?
"V. V.'s Eyes" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
For there was Mr. Rickman the student and recluse, who inhabited the insides of other men's books.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
He was no recluse, and when there he was always surrounded by his friends.
"John Redmond's Last Years" by Stephen Gwynn
The recluse did not seem to cultivate the duty of abstemiousness, but he maintained silence.
"The Forest of Vazon" by Anonymous

In poetry:

"O kin of blood! Thy life of use
And patient trust is more than mine;
And wiser than the gray recluse
This child of thine.
"The Hermit of Thebaid" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"In him the grave and playful mixed,
And wisdom held with folly truce,
And Nature compromised betwixt
Good fellow and recluse.
"My Namesake" by John Greenleaf Whittier
My search is for the living gold;
Him I desire who dwells recluse,
And not his image worn and old,
Day-servant of our sordid use.
"The Miner" by James Russell Lowell
Yet when did ever a recluse
Escape the baffled crowd's abuse?
The social world will ne'er condone
Thy preference to live alone
Amid resources of thine own.
"Seclusion" by John Lawson Stoddard
A recluse, then; himself
His hermitage? Unhabited
He moved among us; would have led
To rebellion. Small as he was
He towered, the trigger of his mind
Cocked, ready to let fly with his scorn.
"Saunders Lewis" by R S Thomas
The blinds of your mansion are battened to;
Your faded wife is a close recluse;
And your "finished" daughters will doubtless do
Dutifully all that is willed of you,
And marry as you shall choose--!
"John McKeen" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Cassidy's debut album "Follow the Freedom" features reclusive Journey singer Steve Perry while her live show pays tribute to Bruce Springsteen.
The movie, "The Aviator ," has spawned another round of articles about his fabled and tragic life as billionaire, industrialist, eccentric, and recluse.
Jack Irwin wasn't a recluse.
The reclusive Mr B is going all out to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his $1.8-billion footwear empire, Aldo.
Monday was the day Bevilacqua, 88, the reclusive former leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was to appear for a competency hearing in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court.
Neighbors recall a reclusive Loughner.
Researchers at Amherst College believe that they have found a picture taken in 1859 of famously reclusive poet Emily Dickinson .
Salinger, Literary Recluse, Dies at 91.
With an Obama victory, Wall Street pivots to plan B. Salinger, Literary Recluse, Dies at 91.
This could easily be about a Hollywood star but this time, we're talking about the world's most reclusive nation, North Korea, and its first lady.
Reclusive R&B musician D'Angelo joined a supergroup led by Roots drummer Questlove to perform a set filled with rock and funk classics at the 2012 Bonnaroo Festival early Sunday morning (June 10).
The near-recluse tells friends that he and partner Alexis Roche are looking for a Los Angeles apartment.
Dirty, drunk, unloved, and unloving, Hector Loursat has been a bitter recluse for eighteen long years—ever since his wife abandoned him and their newborn child to run off with another man.
Santa Barbara Museum of Art reflects on 'The Artful Recluse'.
Reclusive Redskins owner Dan Snyder has granted a rare one-on-one interview with Comcast SportsNet, to air following next Sunday's game against the Giants.

In science:

The remainder of Dave’s computation proceeds as a recursive divide-and-conquer algorithm, which is similar in structure to the approach of Chv ´atal , but improves his bound by almost a factor of 2, even though his algorithm was for the general two-color case, by reusing knowledge gained in previous reclusive calls.
On the Algorithmic Complexity of the Mastermind Game with Black-Peg Results