anchorite [ ang-kuh-rahyt ]
1. a person who has retired to a solitary place for a life of religious seclusion; hermit.
OTHER WORDS FROM ANCHORITE
an·cho·rit·ic [ang-kuh-rit-ik], adjective
an·cho·rit·ism [ang-kuh-rahy-tiz-uhm], noun
WORDS RELATED TO ANCHORITE
priest, abbot, friar, sister, hermit, recluse, solitary, cenobite, brother, ascetic, religious, monastic, eremite, vestal, prioress, postulant, abbess, monk, nun, solitaire
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Origin: 1400–50; late Middle English anc(h)orite, conflation of Middle English ancre (Old English ancra, ancer) and Old French anacorite or Medieval Latin anachōrīta < Late Greek anachōrētḗs, equivalent to Greek anachōrē-, stem of anachōreîn to withdraw (ana-ana- + chōreîn to give way, verbal derivative of chôros space) + -tēs agent suffix; Old English forms < Old Irish *ancharae < Late Latin anachōrēta < Late Greek
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR ANCHORITE
The original discipline of the anchorite was severe in the extreme.
THE HIGHLANDS OF ETHIOPIA|WILLIAM CORNWALLIS HARRIS
The anchorite's style has the classical merits of austerity.
THE DEBATABLE LAND|ARTHUR COLTON
At the Tambov hermitage the anchorite Hilary, a man of saintly life, has died.
FATHER SERGIUS|LEO TOLSTOY
The apartment was small and scantily furnished—a sort of anchorite cell.
THE GOLDEN HOUSE|CHARLES DUDLEY WARNER
They demand the chastity of an anchorite and the devotion of a knight of the Grail.
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