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eremite

[ er-uh-mahyt ]
/ ˈɛr əˌmaɪt /
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noun

a hermit or recluse, especially one under a religious vow.

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Origin of eremite

1150–1200; Middle English <Late Latin erēmītahermit

OTHER WORDS FROM eremite

er·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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British Dictionary definitions for eremite

eremite
/ (ˈɛrɪˌmaɪt) /

noun

a Christian hermit or recluseCompare coenobite

Derived forms of eremite

eremitic (ˌɛrɪˈmɪtɪk) or eremitical, adjectiveeremitism (ˈɛrɪmaɪˌtɪzəm), noun

Word Origin for eremite

C13: see hermit
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