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anchorite (plural anchorites)
- One who lives in isolation or seclusion, especially for religious reasons.
- 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.
- anchoress (feminine gender)
one who lives in seclusion