anchorite


noun

  1. a person who has retired to a solitary place for a life of religious seclusion; hermit.

noun

  1. a person who lives in seclusion, esp a religious recluse; hermit
n.

mid-15c., “hermit (especially those of the Eastern deserts), recluse, one who withdraws from the world for religious reasons,” from Medieval Latin anchorita, from Greek anakhoretes, literally “one who has retired,” agent noun from anakhorein “to retreat, go back, retire,” from ana- “back” (see ana-) + khorein “withdraw, give place,” from khoros “place, space, free space, room.” Replaced Old English ancer, from Late Latin anchoreta.

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