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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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Adj.1.eremitic - of or relating to or befitting eremites or their practices of hermitic living; "eremitic austerities"
cenobitic, cenobitical, coenobitic, coenobitical - of or relating to or befitting cenobites or their practices of communal living
2.eremitic - characterized by ascetic solitudeeremitic - 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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Gong Sheng was a retiring official, his moral resolve notwithstanding, but his conduct has had a role in the "eremitic tradition." According to Vervoorn, Gong Sheng "actually embodies |the~ shift from the exemplary but rather theoretical Confucian eremitism of the last part of the Former Han to the equally exemplary but deadly serious Confucian eremitism of the Wang Mang period and its aftermath".
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'Saint Christopher's Legless' was built around the patron saint of wayfarers, and modes of inner travel, iconographically through the inclusion of a lifelike sculpture of the eremitic saint 'slumped against the wall of the gallery, his legs worn down to stumps through the zeal of his efforts', (4) and by means of curious fibre-glass sculptures, abstract approximations of hi-speed, sci-fi vehicles, that invited promise of translocation beyond mundane everyday experience.
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Still, for students and scholars of Buddhist Studies they are ground-breaking and speak to exciting ways of rethinking the male-dominated and eremitic characterizations of Buddhist monasticism that have become normative in the field.
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2), outlining how eremitic practice gradually developed into the two distinct but overlapping categories of hermits and anchorites.