In the eremitical life, a simple handicraft was ordinarily coupled with the duty of spiritual contemplation.
The cnobitical institution did not supersede the eremitical; both continued to flourish together in every country of Christendom.
It was an attempt to unite the eremitical and cenobitical modes of life.
The service for blessing a hermit consisted of prayers and psalms and a gift of the eremitical habit.
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.