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  1. a hermit or recluse, especially one under a religious vow.
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Origin of eremite

1150–1200; Middle English < Late Latin erēmīta hermit
Related formser·e·mit·ic [er-uh-mit-ik] /ˌɛr əˈmɪt ɪk/, er·e·mit·i·cal, er·e·mit·ish [er-uh-mahy-tish] /ˈɛr əˌmaɪ tɪʃ/, adjectiveer·e·mit·ism, noun
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Related Words for eremite

priest, abbot, friar, hermit, recluse, solitary, cenobite, brother, ascetic, religious, monastic, eremite, anchorite, monk, nun, solitaire, troglodyte, misanthrope, skeptic, stylite

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British Dictionary definitions for eremite


  1. a Christian hermit or recluseCompare coenobite
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Derived Formseremitic (ˌɛrɪˈmɪtɪk) or eremitical, adjectiveeremitism (ˈɛrɪmaɪˌtɪzəm), noun

Word Origin for eremite

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.

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