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an·cho·rite(ăng′kə-rīt′) also an·cho·ret (-rĕt′)
A person who has retired into seclusion for religious reasons.
[Middle English, from Medieval Latin anchōrīta, from Late Latin anachōrēta, from Late Greek anakhōrētēs, from anakhōrein, to retire : ana-, ana- + khōrein, to make room for, withdraw (from khōros, place; see ghē- in Indo-European roots).]
an′cho·rit′ic (-rĭt′ĭk) adj.
(Historical Terms) a person who lives in seclusion, esp a religious recluse; hermit
[C15: from Medieval Latin anchorīta, from Late Latin anachōrēta, from Greek anakhōrētēs, from anakhōrein to retire, withdraw, from khōra a space]
ˈanchoress fem n
also an•cho•ret(-kər ɪt, -kəˌrɛt)
a person who has retired to a solitary place for a life of religious seclusion; hermit.
[1400–50; b. Middle English ancre (Old English ancra, ancer) and Medieval Latin anachōrīta < Late Greek anachōrētḗs < Greek anachōrē-, variant s. of anachōreîn to withdraw]
an`cho•rit′ic (-ˈrɪt ɪk) adj.
an′cho•rit•ism (-raɪˌtɪz əm) n.
anchorite- Its meaning of "hermit" derived from Greek ana-, "back," and chorein, "to withdraw."
See also related terms for withdraw.