- a hermit or recluse, especially one under a religious vow.
Origin of eremite
1150–1200; Middle English < Late Latin erēmīta hermit
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Examples from the Web for eremite
For does not the eremite through his art of prayer and devotion, seek an ideal?The Book of Khalid
The order of scholars has ceased to be mendicant, vagabond, and eremite.
By degrees the eremite ought to increase the severity of these penances.
The highest object of the eremite was meditation, absorption in Brahman.
The profession of the eremite was not without its jealousies.The Great North Road: London to York
Charles G. Harper
- a Christian hermit or recluseCompare coenobite
C13: see hermit
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Word Origin and History for eremite
c.1200, learned form of hermit (q.v.), from Church Latin eremita. Since mid-17c. in poetic or rhetorical use only, except in reference to specific examples in early Church history. Related: Eremitic; eremitical.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper