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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 ?
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.
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 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.