er·​e·​mite ˈer-ə-ˌmīt How to pronounce eremite (audio)
: hermit
especially : a religious recluse
eremitic adjective
or eremitical
eremitism noun

Examples of eremite in a Sentence

an eremite wandering the desert alone as a test of his faith
Recent Examples on the Web Walden, after all, is a kind of how-to guide, a self-help book for aspiring eremites. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, 19 Mar. 2018

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Word History


Middle English — more at hermit

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of eremite was in the 13th century

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“Eremite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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