Definition of reclusive in English:



  • Avoiding the company of other people; solitary.

    ‘he led a reclusive life’
    • ‘He now lives a quiet, reclusive life in rural Cheshire, with wife Christine, shunning the media spotlight.’
    • ‘If that is the case, it will thrust the reclusive billionaires into a limelight they have spent years avoiding.’
    • ‘The reclusive Quaker became one of the most celebrated figures in chemistry when he presented his atomic theory in 1803.’
    • ‘She gave interviews with her husband then, but in later years is only referred to as a reclusive television addict who refuses to go out or meet people.’
    • ‘The normally reclusive Bob Dylan has revealed his hatred of most modern music in a rash of interviews to promote his 43rd album.’
    • ‘Still, why would the normally reclusive local musical maverick suddenly seek mass approval?’
    • ‘He is also famously reclusive and chary of talking about his craft.’
    • ‘Relatively reclusive writers and artists consent to documentaries because exposure will help them commercially.’
    • ‘He received criticism for his eccentric and reclusive lifestyle and for his attempts to use cosmetic surgery to change his skin colour.’
    • ‘The film will feature Sarah Polley, a Canadian actress, as a reclusive nurse who abandons her first holiday in many years to work on a rig.’
    • ‘In the years that followed, he became more violent and reclusive.’
    • ‘She had been in ill-health and led a reclusive lifestyle, so news of her death did not gain the headlines it might have.’
    • ‘Paul Summerston, the Old Bailey heard, led a reclusive lifestyle, rarely socialising and had only a few close friends.’
    • ‘So, having finally learnt that you can trust no-one, I guess I became reclusive.’
    • ‘Anonymity is not an option when you're a dwarf, even a reclusive one.’
    • ‘And what about the rumours that Kubrick was reclusive, obsessive and difficult to work with?’
    • ‘He appears to be somewhat inadequate and has lived a sheltered, reclusive life.’
    • ‘October sees the 100th anniversary of the death of the reclusive French artist.’
    • ‘Because he is reclusive and rarely gives interviews, his relationship with the club is intriguing.’
    • ‘The inquest heard that the brothers were shy, reclusive men, who repeatedly ignored doctors.’
    solitary, secluded, isolated, hermit-like, cloistered, sequestered, withdrawn, retiring, shut away
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