American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A recluse or hermit, especially a religious recluse.
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. Later the name was applied to a religious order whose members lived isolated from one another: as, the Eremites of St. Augustine.
- n. Synonyms See anchoret.
- n. A hermit; a religious recluse, someone who lives alone.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A hermit.
- n. a Christian recluse
- From Late Latin eremita, from Ancient Greek ἐρημίτης (erēmitēs), from ἐρημία (erēmia, "desert"), from ἐρῆμος (erēmos, "uninhabited"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Late Latin erēmīta; see hermit. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“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”
“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.”
“Where was a dignified predicament any a singular faced, a eremite visualisation Macbeth felt with such agony in a play's late scenes?”
“The eremite acts alone and has reasons you will understand later.”
“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.”
“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 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.”
“Pelagius was not and, being a Celtic eremite, probably had a kitteh or so.”
“ Freely, nor Hebe fair wither a chaste eremite.”
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