anchorite
[ ang-kuh-rahyt ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
Late Middle English from medieval Latin anchorita (ecclesiastical Latin anchoreta ), from ecclesiastical Greek anakhōrētēs, from anakhōrein ‘retire’, from ana- ‘back’ + khōra, khōr- ‘a place’
Synonyms
  • abbot
  • friar
  • priest
Antonyms
  • socialite
Definition
a person who has retired to a solitary place for a life of religious seclusion
Example
The island contains four monasteries and the remains of famous anchorites.
Usage Over Time

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