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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: reclus 'shut up', from Late Latin recludere 'to shut up'

recluse

noun
     
re‧cluse [countable]
someone who chooses to live alone, and does not like seeing or talking to other people:
She became a recluse after her two sons were murdered.
reclusive adjective

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