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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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Furthermore, they do not makes a distinction between cenobitic, anchoritic, mendicant, and itinerant approaches to monasticism.
It marks the start of a rich Middle English tradition of vernacular anchoritic literature that continued into the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries with such works as Richard Rolle's The Form of Living, Walter Hilton's Scale of Perfection, the vernacular redaction of Aelred of Rievaulx's De institutione inclusarum, and the anonymous Myrour of Recluses.
These are the ideal tools for both philological and literary-historical study of these highly important ME Anchoritic texts.
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.
Basically, in Carmelite installations, the entire landscape was designed to be an was allegorical, intrinsic "karmel" understood in the anchoritic revival of the order according to its literal meaning in Latin as an "orchard" or "vineyard, garden of God" (Magnani 414).
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.
This collection of essays is the fourth in a new series 'Christianity and Culture: Issues in Teaching and Research'; its three predecessors concern Anglo-Saxon England, Medieval English Anchoritic and Mystical Texts, and Medieval English Romance.
This was the den in which I lived that summer, my anchoritic cell where, wounded in spirit, crushed by a failed love, deserted by all ambition, I read Thomas Wolfe's books as Wolfe himself had once written them, staying awake until three and four in the morning with Gants and Webbers, and then sleeping until the July noonday heat forced me back to dreadful consciousness.
(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.
Jones warns that we cannot take this fact for granted and more research is needed on the matter; see Jones, "Anchoritic Aspects of Julian of Norwich," in A Companion to Julian of Norwich, ed.
McAvoy, Liz Herbert, ed., Anchoritic Traditions of Medieval Europe.
One extreme is the anchoritic approach of hermits living in solitude, devoting themselves to prayer balanced by labor necessary to survive.