- a person who has retired to a solitary place for a life of religious seclusion; hermit.
Origin of anchorite
Examples from the Web for anchorite
He was, to the eyes of men, studious and holy as an anchorite.
The church itself was frequently the habitation of the anchorite.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
Why that man has conversation for the prince and the peasant—the courtier and the anchorite.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
At the Tambov hermitage the anchorite Hilary, a man of saintly life, has died.Father Sergius
He lived in Paris more lonely than an anchorite in the deserts of Thebes.The Moon and Sixpence
W. Somerset Maugham
- a person who lives in seclusion, esp a religious recluse; hermit
Word Origin and History for anchorite
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.