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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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Today, to a great extent," Parameosi said, "monasticism is not eremitic.
The first question arising from these remarks is which exact 'Lebensform' it is which is advertised here: monasticism, yes, but cenobitic, eremitic, and cohabiting versions are presented as (almost) equally valid: the right choice depends on external situations.
The pagan romance of the tender, virginal, upper-class heroine (Leucippe, Charicleia) escaping melodramatic threats to her life and maidenhood, and then finding blissful relief in a love match with her equally aristocratic, though-non-virginal, boyfriend gave way to the Christian romance of the unbridled slut (Thais, Mary of Egypt) saved by grace and forswearing sex completely for a life of eremitic isolation and savage mortification.
Sister Sheila Richardson, ESA, JD, JCL, is an Eremitic of St.
Though not as adamantly self-cloistered as the eremitic J.
entered into a marital alliance with the Zhou ruling house, and on the subsequent legends depicting him as butcher, eremitic fisherman, and persuader, see Allan, "The Identities of Taigong Wang.
2), outlining how eremitic practice gradually developed into the two distinct but overlapping categories of hermits and anchorites.
2) Eremitic (or self-dramatizing) translation: word-for-word (if immersed in Kabbalistic doctrine); sense-for-sense (if orthodox)--the translator is so visible as to cover the author with his arrogance of a know-it-all.
4) On the one hand, some Russian monks retreated to remote regions where they sought to preserve what they believed were authentic Orthodox practices by adopting an eremitic and severely ascetic mode of life.
Turning her back on that love, whether it manifested as a call to a cloistered community, an even more compelling call to the solitude of eremitic life, or its radiant and radical expression in marriage, would have been impossible for Fredette.
Second, his respect and fascination with Laozi, the philosophical concepts of Zhuangzi and Chinese eremitic culture.
The face appears at the moment when the pilgrim most wishes to forget himself and the world, at a moment of humility within the harsh natural surroundings characteristic of eremitic devotion.