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 (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


(ˈæŋ kəˌraɪt)

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.


- Its meaning of "hermit" derived from Greek ana-, "back," and chorein, "to withdraw."
See also related terms for withdraw.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.anchorite - one retired from society for religious reasonsanchorite - one retired from society for religious reasons
eremite - a Christian recluse


[ˈæŋkəraɪt] Nanacoreta mf


nEinsiedler m, → Eremit m
References in classic literature ?
And I pray you, good Christian brother,'' replied the anchorite, ``to disturb me no more.
The anchorite, not caring again to expose his door to a similar shock, now called out aloud,
Bounderby's retreat, where, notwithstanding her anchorite turn of mind based upon her becoming consciousness of her altered station, she resigned herself with noble fortitude to lodging, as one may say, in clover, and feeding on the fat of the land.
I have a little brass bed in a dressing-room, and a little hair mattress like an anchorite.
I am but a poor anchorite, a curtall friar," said the other, whistling to his pack, "by name Friar Tuck of Fountain's Dale.
My coffee was excellent; I told him so, and expressed the shuddering pity with which his anchorite fare inspired me.
You surprise me, Baisemeaux; just look at you, acting the anchorite.
As if in review, her anchorite existence passed before her: six days of the week spent in the office and in journeying back and forth on the ferry; the hours stolen before bedtime for snatches of song at the piano, for doing her own special laundering, for sewing and mending and casting up of meagre accounts; the two evenings a week of social diversion she permitted herself; the other stolen hours and Saturday afternoons spent with her brother at the hospital; and the seventh day, Sunday, her day of solace, on Mab's back, out among the blessed hills.
They are distrustful of anchorites, and do not believe that we come with gifts.
Once the devil has been vanquished, a boys' chorus singing in German joins with the chorus of angels in Latin, and the anchorite male chorus in Greek.
In the Western medieval tradition, the figure of the anchorite often marks the visionary experience.
Meteorite decision I am the anchorite bombardier He is the exhumed sky