an·cho·rite | \ˈaŋ-kə-ˌrīt \
variants: or less commonly anchoret \-ˌret \

Definition of anchorite 

: a person who lives in seclusion usually for religious reasons

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Other Words from anchorite

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

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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.

Examples of anchorite in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of anchorite

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of anchorite was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of anchorite

: a religious person who lives apart from other people

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