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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.


(ˌæŋkəˈrɪtɪk) or


of or relating to an anchorite
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.anchoritic - characterized by ascetic solitudeanchoritic - characterized by ascetic solitude; "the eremitic element in the life of a religious colony"; "his hermitic existence"
unworldly - not concerned with the temporal world or swayed by mundane considerations; "was unworldly and did not greatly miss worldly rewards"- Sheldon Cheney
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The Fayoum experienced a brief and unusual revival of the early anchoritic spirit for a period of about ten years in 1960s, when a group of hermits, let by Abuna Matta al-Maskin, settled in caves in Wadi el-Rayan, west of el-Fayoum.
Romances, both classical and medieval, sometimes tell of heroines who are cast into wild places by the machinations of ill fortune; and in medieval romances, such characters are occasionally seen to adopt an anchoritic way of life.
6) In this sense, then, the "private" monastic or anchoritic lives, for example, are not really private in Augustine's use of the word here.
The tenth--and eleventh-century Wiborda vitae, with their collocation of incest accusations and the saint's resulting choice of anchoritic immurement, come most strikingly to mind.
Despite narrowing his focus to the "Golden Age" of both anchoritic and cenobitic forms of monastic life, H.
There is below the surface of the "monotone" Petrarch, known for his lexical selectivity and soavita, another Petrarch, of political denunciation and anchoritic devotion, of interrogation, enigma and mystery.
1981), Nicholas Watson, 'The methods and objectives of thirteenth-century anchoritic devotion', in The Medieval Mystical Tradition IV, ed.
Denis Renevey sees Margery's text as a commentary on her body's public performance of (with a nice recollection of the themes of Millett's opening essay) anchoritic discursive and lay devotional practices.
It is a lovely manuscript, with gold initials and marginal scrollwork opening each of the two texts which it contains, suggesting that it was commissioned (either for personal use or as a gift) by someone with the means to afford more than the basic utilitarian manuscripts that contain many of the anchoritic texts of the Katherine group, for example.
Traditional histories of monasticism have generally relied on orthodox ecclesiastical sources from the late-fourth and early-fifth centuries in presenting a bipolar typology of anchoritic and koinobitic monasticism, both of which are located away from civilization, in the desert.
Selections include Carlson and Weisl's "Constructions of Widowhood and Virginity"; Anna Roberts's "Helpful Widows, Virgins in Distress: Women's Friendship in French Romance of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries"; Weisl's "The Widow as Virgin: Desexualized Narrative in Christine de Pizan's Livre de la Cite des Dames"; Monika Otter's "Closed Doors: An Epithalamium for Queen Edith, Widow, and Virgin"; Sarah Salih's "Performing Virginity: Sex and Violence in the Katherine Group"; Susannah Mary Chewning's "The Paradox of Virginity within the Anchoritic Tradtion: The Masculine Gaze and the Feminine Body in the Wohunge Group"; Kathleen Coyne Kelly's "Useful Virgins in Medieval Hagiography"; Sandra Pierson Prior's "Virginity and Sacrifice in Chaucer's 'Physician's Tale"'; Kathleen M.
420), a collection of biographical sketches of the author's anchoritic friends and an important source for the history of monasticism.