V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: a person who avoids society

Synonyms: hermit, monk, loner, ascetic

Antonyms: social-butterfly, extrovert

Tips: Recluse is derived from the Late Latin reclusus, which means "to enclose." It may be helpful to think of a person closed off from society. The related adjective reclusive describes someone who is antisocial, solitary, reserved, and even standoffish. Recluse can also be used as an adjective, describing someone or something separated from society.

Usage Examples:

She was a social butterfly, but her brother was a recluse. (loner, hermit)

The recluse rarely left his cabin in the woods. (hermit, loner)

He became severely depressed and reclusive after his wife died because he couldn't stand being around happy people. (antisocial, solitary, secluded) adjective

I've always loved to go out with friends, and I could never imagine being a recluse. (loner, hermit)

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