Definition of anchorite in English:



  • A religious recluse.

    • ‘As an anchorite, she had chosen a life of silence and yet she teaches her daughters to speak out with honesty and courage.’
    • ‘The first film's rather subdued acting could be excused by the fact that it had had to set the scene, give the background to the few stylites and anchorites who'd never heard of the stories.’
    • ‘In this context, the work of Julian of Norwich, an English anchorite of the fourteenth century, is a particularly refreshing discovery.’
    • ‘The land of the pharaohs was transformed; the festival hall of Thutmosis III in the temple of Karnak was turned into a church, while Christian anchorites lived in some of the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.’
    • ‘‘The anchorite is not offended primarily by the world,’ Ramfos insists; ‘he is offended by futility.’’
    recluse, solitary, loner, ascetic
    hermit, recluse, ascetic
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Late Middle English: from medieval Latin anchorita ( ecclesiastical Latin anchoreta), from ecclesiastical Greek anakhōrētēs, from anakhōrein ‘retire’, from ana- ‘back’ + khōra, khōr- ‘a place’.