anchorite (plural anchorites)

  1. One who lives in isolation or seclusion, especially for religious reasons.
    • 1950, Will Durant, The Age of Faith, Simon and Schuster, page 792.
      About 1150 some Palestinian anchorites adopted the eremitical rule of St. Basil, and spread throughout Palestine; when the Moslems captured the Holy Land these "Carmelites" migrated to Cyprus, Sicily, France, and England.
    Synonyms: eremite, hermit, recluse
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