- a hermit or recluse, especially one under a religious vow.
Origin of eremite
1150–1200; Middle English < Late Latin erēmīta hermit
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Examples from the Web for eremitic
His messengers have gone hither and thither, to the monasteries, the convents, and the eremitic colonies wherever accessible.The Prince of India, Volume I
- a Christian hermit or recluseCompare coenobite
C13: see hermit
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Word Origin and History for eremitic
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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