Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A recluse or hermit, especially a religious recluse.

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  • n. A hermit; a religious recluse, someone who lives alone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hermit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who lives in a wilderness or in retirement; a hermit.
  • n. Specifically In church hist., in the earlier period, a Christian who, to escape persecution, fled to a solitary place, and there led a life of contemplation and asceticism.
  • n. Synonyms See anchoret.
  • Eremitic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Christian recluse

Etymologies

Middle English, from Late Latin erēmīta; see hermit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin eremita, from Ancient Greek ἐρημίτης (erēmitēs), from ἐρημία (erēmia, "desert"), from ἐρῆμος (erēmos, "uninhabited"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A Gentleman refers to Cordelia in eremite terms: she "redeems inlet from a ubiquitous curse" of sinfulness so dramatically demonstrated in Lear's elder daughters.

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  • The story or a part of it is told by a fellow-seaman of Columbus, who had turned "eremite" in his old age, and though the narrative itself is in heroic verse, the prologue and epilogue, as they may be termed, are in

    The Works of Lord Byron. Vol. 3

  • Even the increasingly rare eremite, the desert dweller, regularly leaves his bleak and rugged cave, trekking to the monastic enclave or his neighbor's chapel for the purpose of liturgical worship and communion.

    Scott Cairns: The Christian and the Community: A Relationship in God's Image

  • Where was a dignified predicament any a singular faced, a eremite visualisation Macbeth felt with such agony in a play's late scenes?

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  • The eremite acts alone and has reasons you will understand later.

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  • He had lived a retired and peaceful existence, mainly a spectator at the feast, as little occupied in helping himself to the dishes which he saw others enjoy as is an eremite in the desert in plucking the grape-clusters of his dreams.

    Henrik Ibsen

  • She said, It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that the eremite having ended his verse, rose and coming up to Uns al-Wujud embraced him, and they wept together, till the hills rang with their cries and they fell down fainting.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The eremite, having ended his verse, rose and, coming up to Uns al-Wujud, embraced him, — And Shahrazad perceived the dawn of day and ceased saying her permitted say.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Pelagius was not and, being a Celtic eremite, probably had a kitteh or so.

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  •         Freely, nor Hebe fair wither a chaste eremite.

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  • But long ere scarce a third of his passed by,
    Worse than adversity the Childe befell;
    He felt the fulness of satiety:
    Then loathed he in his native land to dwell,
    Which seemed to him more lone than eremite’s sad cell.


    Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

    May 30, 2009