What does anchorite mean?

anchorite meaning in General Dictionary

identical to Anchoret

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  • one retired from society for spiritual explanations
  • person who renounces the world and secludes himself, often for religious explanations; a hermit; a recluse.
  • just like Anchoret.

anchorite meaning in Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., "hermit (especially those associated with east deserts), recluse, person who withdraws from globe for religious factors," from Medieval Latin anchorita, from Greek anakhoretes, virtually "one who has resigned," agent noun from anakhorein "to retreat, go back, retire," from ana- "back" (see ana-) + khorein "withdraw, offer place," from khoros "place, space, free-space, room." Changed Old English ancer, from belated Latin anchoreta.


anchorite meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) Person who renounces the world and secludes himself, generally for spiritual factors; a hermit; a recluse.

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  • (n.) Same as Anchoret.

Sentence Examples with the word anchorite

In 676 he became an anchorite on the island of Farne, and it is said that he performed miracles there.

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