anchorite

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From Ancient Greek ἀναχωρητής (anakhōrētēs, anchoret), from ἀναχωρέω (anakhōreō, I withdraw, retire), via Latin anachorēta (anchorite).

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anchorite (plural anchorites)

  1. One who lives in isolation or seclusion, especially for religious reasons.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 16, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      The preposterous altruism too! [] Resist not evil. It is an insane immolation of self—as bad intrinsically as fakirs stabbing themselves or anchorites warping their spines in caves scarcely large enough for a fair-sized dog.
    • 1950, Will Durant, The Age of Faith, Simon and Schuster, page 792.
      About 1150 some Palestinian anchorites adopted the eremitical rule of St. Basil, and spread throughout Palestine; when the Moslems captured the Holy Land these "Carmelites" migrated to Cyprus, Sicily, France, and England.

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