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A recluse or hermit, especially a religious recluse.

[Middle English, from Late Latin erēmīta; see hermit.]

er′e·mit′ic (-mĭt′ĭk), er′e·mit′i·cal adj.


(Ecclesiastical Terms) a Christian hermit or recluse. Compare coenobite
[C13: see hermit]
eremitic, ˌereˈmitical adj
eremitism n


(ˈɛr əˌmaɪt)

a hermit or recluse, esp. one under a religious vow.
[1150–1200; Middle English < Late Latin erēmīta hermit]
er`e•mit′ic (-ˈmɪt ɪk) er`e•mit′i•cal, er′e•mit`ish, adj.
er′e•mit`ism, n.


a religious hermit living alone, often in the desert. — eremitic, adj.
See also: Deserts
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.eremite - a Christian recluse
religious - a member of a religious order who is bound by vows of poverty and chastity and obedience
anchorite, hermit - one retired from society for religious reasons
cenobite, coenobite - a member of a religious order living in common
References in classic literature ?
Thou Spirit, who led'st this glorious Eremite Into the desert, his victorious field Against the spiritual foe, and brought'st him thence By proof the undoubted Son of God, inspire, As thou art wont, my prompted song, else mute, And bear through highth or depth of Nature's bounds, With prosperous wing full summed, to tell of deeds Above heroic, though in secret done, And unrecorded left through many an age: Worthy to have not remained so long unsung.
The reader has here the original legend from which the incident in the romance is derived; and the identifying the irregular Eremite with the Friar Tuck of Robin Hood's story, was an obvious expedient.
An eremite is a religious recluse or desert monk--one who, recognizing that he is bereft (eremos in Greek), attempts absolutely to accommodate his life to the demands of God.
I roamed under abas as 'RETEP-Rime Eremite Tim'--ere, Emir Peters, as a 'bared, nude Maori'
Antfnio, Prior of Crato, and the eremite Domingos; and prophetic phenomena in messianism in Portugal, including the works of Joao de Castro, Manuel Bocarro/Jacob Rosales, and the Jesuit Vieira.
would I were steadfast as thou art Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night, And watching, with eternal lids apart, Like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite, The moving waters at their priestlike task Of pure ablution round earth's human shores, Or gazing on the new soft-fallen masque Of snow upon the mountains and the moors No --yet still steadfast, still unchangeable Pillow'd upon my fair love's ripening breast, To feel for ever its soft swell and fall, Awake for ever in a sweet unrest, Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath, And so live ever--or else swoon to death.
The building site was chosen according to the principles of the eremite rules that require a location far away from urban centres and transport routes, a place surrounded by water and forests.
Basil, the 14th century eremite has become a kind of standard for later Russian fools and was so popular the cathedral of the intersession (Pokrovskii Sobor) on Moscow's Red Square, easily the nation's most recognizable building, became commonly known as St.
Tiny eremite at play in the grass where God is proclaiming the present.