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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 ?
This too is afforded by the hospitable anchorite, who dispatches an assistant to fetch a pot of four gallons from a secret corner near his bed, and the whole three set in to serious drinking.
There had been mad wilful rejections, monstrous forms of self-torture and self-denial, whose origin was fear and whose result was a degradation infinitely more terrible than that fancied degradation from which, in their ignorance, they had sought to escape; Nature, in her wonderful irony, driving out the anchorite to feed with the wild animals of the desert and giving to the hermit the beasts of the field as his companions.
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.
The Fountain Abbey of which I speak is no such rich and proud place as the other, but a simple little cell; yet, withal, as cosy a spot as ever stout anchorite dwelled within.
At the Tambov hermitage the anchorite Hilary, a man of saintly life, has died.
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.
I built a little anchorite bungalow up town on a mango-lined street squarely alongside the little house occupied by Ebenezer Naismith.
I have a little brass bed in a dressing-room, and a little hair mattress like an anchorite.
My dear Ned,' said his father, 'I will hear you with the patience of an anchorite.
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.