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anchorite

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noun an·cho·rite \ˈaŋ-kə-ˌrīt\

Simple Definition of anchorite

  • : a religious person who lives apart from other people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of anchorite

  1. :  a person who lives in seclusion usually for religious reasons

anchoritic play \ˌaŋ-kə-ˈri-tik\ adjective
anchoritically play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of anchorite in a sentence

  1. <many Christian saints were anchorites who removed themselves from the world to focus on their spirituality>



Did You Know?

The term "anchor" was being used for religious hermits about 450 years before "anchorite" came into common use in our language. The reclusive "anchor" and "anchorite" are both derived from the Late Latin anachoreta, which, in turn, can be traced to the Greek anachōrein, meaning "to withdraw." Are they etymologically related to the kind of anchors you find on ships? Not exactly. The Latin root of sea-going "anchor," "anchora," probably influenced the spelling and pronunciation of the words that led to "anchorite" and the reclusive "anchor," but it is not a direct ancestor.

Variants of anchorite

also anchoret play \-ˌret\

Origin of anchorite

Middle English, from Medieval Latin anchorita, alteration of Late Latin anachoreta, from Late Greek anachōrētēs, from Greek anachōrein to withdraw, from ana- + chōrein to make room, from chōros place


First Known Use: 15th century

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