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anchorite

[ ang-kuh-rahyt ]
/ ˈæŋ kəˌraɪt /
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noun
a person who has retired to a solitary place for a life of religious seclusion; hermit.
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Origin of anchorite

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English anc(h)orite, anachorite, ancorite, conflation of Middle English ancre (from Old English ancra, ancer ) and Old French anacorite or Late Latin anachōrīta, anachōrēta, from Late Greek anachōrētḗs, agent noun derivative of anachōreîn “to withdraw” + -tēs agent suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM anchorite

an·cho·rit·ic [ang-kuh-rit-ik], /ˌæŋ kəˈrɪt ɪk/, adjectivean·cho·rit·i·cal·ly, adverban·cho·rit·ism [ang-kuh-rahy-tiz-uhm], /ˈæŋ kə raɪˌtɪz əm/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for anchorite

anchorite
/ (ˈæŋkəˌraɪt) /

noun
a person who lives in seclusion, esp a religious recluse; hermit

Derived forms of anchorite

anchoress, fem n

Word Origin for anchorite

C15: from Medieval Latin anchorīta, from Late Latin anachōrēta, from Greek anakhōrētēs, from anakhōrein to retire, withdraw, from khōra a space
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