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Examples of anchorite in a sentence
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.
Origin and Etymology 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
ANCHORITE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of anchorite for English Language Learners
: a religious person who lives apart from other people
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