Meaning of eremite in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɛrɪmʌɪt/

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  • A Christian hermit or recluse.

    ‘The sheer volume of women involved makes Russell look like a Christian eremite from the days of the Desert Fathers.’
    • ‘A cenobite is usually a monk in a monastery, as opposed to an anchorite, who is a monk living alone (also called an ‘eremite’ or ‘hermit’).’
    • ‘He lived in the 10th and 11th centuries as an eremite monk near the Sazava River.’
    • ‘It is a romantic faith, and he observed it with the discipline of an eremite monk.’
    hermit, recluse, solitary, ascetic, cenobite
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Middle English from Old French eremite from late Latin eremita (see hermit).