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recluse (noun) one who lives alone and avoids company.
A recluse lives in loneliness away from others and prefers to live that way. A recluse is a hermit. One lives the life of a recluse if they live away from others and avoid all company.
- The disappointments and shocks of life made Henry a recluse. He prefers loneliness and very rarely does he mix with others.
- Human beings by nature are social animals, and cannot live without company, and a recluse is therefore a rarity. The life of a recluse is abnormal too, as they avoid company.