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her·mit

 (hûr′mĭt)
n.
1. A person who has withdrawn from society and lives a solitary existence; a recluse.
2. A cookie made with molasses, raisins, and nuts.

[Middle English heremite, from Old French, from Medieval Latin herēmīta, from Late Latin erēmīta, from Greek erēmītēs, from erēmiā, desert, from erēmos, solitary.]

her·mit′ic, her·mit′i·cal adj.
her·mit′i·cal·ly adv.

hermit

(ˈhɜːmɪt)
n
1. (Christian Churches, other) one of the early Christian recluses
2. any person living in solitude
[C13: from Old French hermite, from Late Latin erēmīta, from Greek erēmitēs living in the desert, from erēmia desert, from erēmos lonely]
herˈmitic, herˈmitical adj
herˈmitically adv
ˈhermit-ˌlike adj

her•mit

(ˈhɜr mɪt)

n.
1. a person who has withdrawn to a solitary place for a life of religious seclusion.
2. any person living in seclusion; recluse.
3. an animal of solitary habits.
4. a spiced molasses cookie often containing raisins or nuts.
[1175–1225; Middle English (h)ermite, heremite < Old French < Late Latin erēmīta < Greek erēmītḗs living in a desert, from erḗm(ia) desert, derivative of erêmos desolate]
her•mit′ic, adj.
her′mit•ry, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hermit - one retired from society for religious reasonshermit - one retired from society for religious reasons
eremite - a Christian recluse
2.hermit - one who lives in solitudehermit - one who lives in solitude    
lone hand, lone wolf, loner - a person who avoids the company or assistance of others

hermit

noun recluse, monk, loner (informal), solitary, anchorite, anchoress, stylite, eremite He lived like a hermit despite his fortune in shares and property.
Translations
ناسِك
poustevník
eneboereremit
einsetumaîur
atsiskyrėlio būstasatsiskyrėlis
vientuļnieks
pustovník
inzivaya çekilmiş kimse

hermit

[ˈhɜːmɪt]
A. Nermitaño/a m/f
B. CPD hermit crab Nermitaño m

hermit

[ˈhɜːrmɪt] nermite m

hermit

nEinsiedler(in) m(f) (also fig), → Eremit(in) m(f)

hermit

[ˈhɜːmɪt] neremita m

hermit

(ˈhəːmit) noun
a person who lives alone, especially to devote himself to religion.
ˈhermitage (-tidʒ) noun
the place where a hermit lives.
hermit crab
a soft-bodied crab that inhabits the empty shells of other creatures.
References in classic literature ?
This Hermit good lives in that wood Which slopes down to the sea.
The episode with Makovkina had occurred after five years of his hermit life.
Joe was for being a hermit, and living on crusts in a remote cave, and dying, some time, of cold and want and grief; but after listening to Tom, he conceded that there were some conspicuous advantages about a life of crime, and so he consented to be a pirate.
"Not far from this," said the cousin, "there is a hermitage, where there lives a hermit, who they say was a soldier, and who has the reputation of being a good Christian and a very intelligent and charitable man.
The holy hermit who dwelt at the head of the valley, a full hour's journey away, from whom he had heard the tale of the great cities where dwelt people--poor souls!-- who had no sheep, gave him no knowledge of that early time, when, so he reasoned, he must have been small and helpless like a lamb.
I mean the meeting of the King with Friar Tuck at the cell of that buxom hermit. The general tone of the story belongs to all ranks and all countries, which emulate each other in describing the rambles of a disguised sovereign, who, going in search of information or amusement, into the lower ranks of life, meets with adventures diverting to the reader or hearer, from the contrast betwixt the monarch's outward appearance, and his real character.
We live like fighting-cocks, and Charles takes us out every day in the motor--a tomb with trees in it, a hermit's house, a wonderful road that was made by the Kings of Mercia--tennis--a cricket match--bridge--and at night we squeeze up in this lovely house.
"The Black Wolf dead, Red Shandy and John Flory wounded, James Flory, One Eye Kanty and Peter the Hermit prisoners!" he ejaculated.
It would not be seemly to inquire how far certain of these conditions had been kept,--how often, for example, Orlando's little hermit's bed had really needed remaking during those twelve months!
He had ten of them, and when fifty years old he left them, and sought out as dismal a refuge from the world as possible, and became a hermit in order that he might reflect upon pious themes without being disturbed by the joyous and other noises from the nursery, doubtless.
Before a caress has had time to cool, a strenuous revulsion seizes me: I long to return to my old lonely ascetic hermit life; to my dry books; my Socialist propagandism; my voyage of discovery through the wilderness of thought.
I had arrived at that well-known portion of the story where Ethelred, the hero of the Trist, having sought in vain for peaceable admission into the dwelling of the hermit, proceeds to make good an entrance by force.