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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
References in periodicals archive ?
Anchoritic Traditions of Medieval Europe, Woodbridge, Boydell, 2010; hardback; pp.
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.
One extreme is the anchoritic approach of hermits living in solitude, devoting themselves to prayer balanced by labor necessary to survive.
These are anchoritic hours, haunted only by the housecat
The tenth--and eleventh-century Wiborda vitae, with their collocation of incest accusations and the saint's resulting choice of anchoritic immurement, come most strikingly to mind.
Anchoritic Spirituality: Ancrene Wisse and Associated Works.
Despite narrowing his focus to the "Golden Age" of both anchoritic and cenobitic forms of monastic life, H.