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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