Meaning of “anchorite” in the English Dictionary

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"anchorite" in British English

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anchoritenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈæŋ.kər.aɪt/ us /ˈæŋ.kɚ.aɪt/


  • Hitherto he had chosen to live the life of an anchorite, and had abjured the society of women.
  • The anchorites secluded themselves in hermitages.
  • The church itself was frequently the habitation of the anchorite.
  • They, too, constructed cells, like ancient anchorites, and cultivated the fields for bread.
  • What can an immured anchorite know of the vast mysteries of the wind-borne spirits?
  • You live like an anchorite.

(Definition of “anchorite” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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