hermitic


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.
Related to hermitic: hermetic, Hermetic seal

her·mit

 (hûr′mĭt)
n.
1. A person who has withdrawn from society and lives a solitary existence; a recluse.
2. A cookie made with molasses, raisins, and nuts.

[Middle English heremite, from Old French, from Medieval Latin herēmīta, from Late Latin erēmīta, from Greek erēmītēs, from erēmiā, desert, from erēmos, solitary.]

her·mit′ic, her·mit′i·cal adj.
her·mit′i·cal·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.hermitic - characterized by ascetic solitudehermitic - 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
References in periodicals archive ?
Our forebears led more austere and less materialist lives and Brenda Niall's fresh approach to perhaps the most written-about man in Australian history (with the possible exception of that other Irishman, New Kelly) shows that, by any contemporary standard--and certainly for an aristocrat--the Archbishop's life in "Raheen", his mansion in Kew, was spartan and hermitic.
Approximately 10 mg of 7 days cured film was taken in hermitic type pan and DSC runs were made at a heating rate of 10[degrees]C/m between 10 and 500[degrees]C under 50 mL/m nitrogen in a dynamic mode of operation.
The TV said Deir Samaan (Monastery of Simeon) is one of the oldest and grandest churches in the world where Saint Simeon led a hermitic life, vowing to spend his life worshipping the Lord.
North Korea, a Communist ally and neighbor of China, is unlikely to witness street protests unless Beijing relents and initiates change in the Hermitic North.
A mother tries to save her son from 'the terrible things that happen in life' by taking him into the forest and living a hermitic existence.