- a hermit or recluse, especially one under a religious vow.
Origin of eremite
Examples from the Web for eremitical
Historical Examples of eremitical
It was an attempt to unite the eremitical and cenobitical modes of life.
The cnobitical institution did not supersede the eremitical; both continued to flourish together in every country of Christendom.Scenes and Characters of the Middle Ages
Edward Lewes Cutts
In the eremitical life, a simple handicraft was ordinarily coupled with the duty of spiritual contemplation.The Philosophy of History, Vol. 2 of 2
Friedrich von Schlegel
The service for blessing a hermit consisted of prayers and psalms and a gift of the eremitical habit.Curiosities of Christian History
- a Christian hermit or recluseCompare coenobite
Word Origin 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.