One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The dwelling of a hermit, especially when small and remote.
retreat, refuge, haven, sanctuary, sanctum, asylum, hideaway, hideout, hiding place, shelterView synonyms
- ‘The tent in the woods was his hermitage for that winter.’
- ‘Three months after his full ordination, he took the unusual step of going into a mountain hermitage on Mt. Hiei for an extended solitary retreat.’
- ‘The loss of St. Thomas shone in the hermitage of his new home: Pontoise.’
- ‘We live like the ancient Irish hermits, in separate hermitages, welcome retreatants, and go on the road periodically to give parish missions and retreats.’
- ‘He died alone in the solitude of the Sahara Desert in his hermitage, as a quiet witness to Christ.’
- ‘There he built a small hermitage on Mount Chogye-san which he expanded to accommodate his growing community and it became known as Kilsang-sa and eventually Songgwang-sa.’
- ‘Chapters are organized by major Franciscan currents: life in poverty; care of the lepers; the role of hermitages; the theology of the cross; and love for God's creation.’
- ‘This was a wonderful opportunity to visit the hermitage, view its splendid church and library and pray and reflect in the calm peace of a place close to god and nature with wonderful guidance and inspiration from the Monks themselves.’
- ‘The most interesting tidbit about the saintly doctors Cosma and Damian is that there's a hermitage devoted to them where the church is famous for its phallic architecture.’
- ‘In the course of her research Colegate, who is evidently well-travelled and well-read, has wandered both locally and exotically, fanning out from her own garden in Wiltshire where she restored an ancient hermitage.’
- ‘That extraordinary complex of shrines, churches, chapels and hermitages, hewn from the rock at Lalibela, were designed as an African mirror to Jerusalem.’
- ‘I am no otherworldly saint who leads a beautiful life of self-sacrifice and prayer in a secluded hermitage.’
- ‘In 1424 Jobard was still tenant, at the same rent, of what was described as a hermitage or chapel with garden.’
- ‘On returning to Assisi, St. Francis now sought refuge at San Damiano, a quiet hermitage just below Assisi's walls.’
- ‘The award recognized the challenges involved in the building project and its sympathetic approach to the hermitage, which provides a place for the hermit monks, both male and female to live a life of solitude.’
- ‘After seven years, he retires to a hermitage, and when he dies the grail, lance and dish go with him.’
- ‘They chased one to the hermitage of Eskdaleside, near Whitby, where the hermit protected the exhausted boar and refused to hand it over.’
- ‘His Christian connection still strong, Steele would go on frequent meditation retreats at a Catholic hermitage in Big Sur, and, for a time, even considered joining the order.’
- ‘Nhat Hanh keeps an image of Jesus next to the Buddha on the altar in his hermitage in France where, in a place called Plum Village, he maintains a meditation center.’
- ‘Erc taught him seafaring as well, for he had been a sea-bishop, taking the host to the outlying rocky hermitages, and knew the watery desert better than most.’
2the HermitageA major art museum in St Petersburg, Russia, containing among its collections those begun by Catherine the Great.
Middle English: from Old French, from hermite (see hermit).
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