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  • n. Alternative spelling of anchorite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who renounces the world and secludes himself, usually for religious reasons; a hermit; a recluse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hermit; a recluse; one who retires from society into a desert or solitary place, to avoid the temptations of the world and to devote himself to contemplation and religious exercises. Also anachoret.
  • n. Synonyms Monk, Hermit, Anchoret. In the classification of religious ascetics, monks are those who adopt a secluded habit of life, but dwell more or less in communities; hermits, or eremites, those who withdraw to desert places, but do not deny themselves shelter or occupation; and anchorets, those most excessive in their austerities, who choose the most absolute solitude, and subject themselves to the greatest privations.

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