anchorite

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

Definition of anchorite

: a person who lives in seclusion usually for religious reasons

anchoritic

play \ˌaŋ-kə-ˈri-tik\ adjective

anchoritically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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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.

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

anchorite Synonyms

Synonyms
recluse, eremite, hermit, isolate, solitary
Related Words
homebody, shut-in
Near Antonyms
socialite; socializer

ANCHORITE Defined for English Language Learners

anchorite

noun

Definition of anchorite for English Language Learners

  • : a religious person who lives apart from other people



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