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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.
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(Ecclesiastical Terms) a Christian hermit or recluse. Compare coenobite
[C13: see hermit]
eremitic, ˌereˈmitical adj
eremitism n
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(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.
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a religious hermit living alone, often in the desert. — eremitic, adj.
See also: Deserts
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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
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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.
A partir de estudos etnograficos e arqueologicos sabe-se que eles viviam na mesma regiao onde as comunidades da Serra do Amolar estao vivendo hoje (RIBEIRO, 2005; EREMITES DE OLIVEIRA, 2007).
He wrote of the valley that it 'looks like a tripled version of the Roman Colosseum: an amphitheatre with large steps [...] where, a long time ago, lived thousands of Greek eremites who were later massacred by the Turks.
We meet personalities in various relations to the Jansenist controversies: Christian Lupus (1611-1681) and Enrico Noris (1631-1704), two Augustinian Eremites; Fabio Chigi, apostolic nuncio in Cologne (1639-1651) and the future Alexander VII; and Sebastian Knippenberg, Dominican inquisitor in Cologne (1693-1733), a "victim of the anti-Jansenists" (407).
The reforms of Teresa of Avila, intended to restore some of the rigor of the original eremites, eventually set the stage for a separate order known as the Discalced Carmelites.
Actually, in Book 111 of Paradise Lost, Milton calls the censors disparagingly, though indirectly: 'Embryos and idiots, eremites and friars/White, black, and gray, with all their trumpery' (Milton, 1969: 11.