Definition of anchoress in English:



  • A female anchorite.

    • ‘As a priest performed the ceremonies of the burial office, Julian took up residence as an anchoress in a small apartment attached to the church.’
    • ‘Among these was Margaret Kirkeby who became an anchoress in his neighbourhood and to whom a number of his major English works (notably The Forme of Perfect Living) are addressed.’
    • ‘The author opens her new introduction to this edition with an intriguing question: ‘What does it mean to be an anchoress in postmodernity?’’
    • ‘What is it about a fourteenth-century English anchoress that could be so appealing to people living at the beginning of the second millennium?’
    • ‘Two children dealing with their mother's disappearance (and father's attempts to remarry) encounter an anchoress who reveals the truth of their family's past.’
    abstainer, recluse, hermit, solitary, anchorite, desert saint, celibate, puritan, nun, monk
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