• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Anchoret One who renounces the world and secludes himself, usually for religious reasons; a hermit; a recluse. "Our Savior himself . . . did not choose an anchorite's or a monastic life, but a social and affable way of conversing with mortals."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n anchoret A hermit; a recluse; one who retires from society into a desert or solitary place, to avoid the temptations of the world and to devote himself to contemplation and religious exercises. Also anachoret.
    • n anchoret Synonyms Monk, Hermit, Anchoret. In the classification of religious ascetics, monks are those who adopt a secluded habit of life, but dwell more or less in communities; hermits, or eremites, those who withdraw to desert places, but do not deny themselves shelter or occupation; and anchorets, those most excessive in their austerities, who choose the most absolute solitude, and subject themselves to the greatest privations.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Anchoret ang′kor-et one who has withdrawn from the world, especially for religious reasons: a hermit
    • Anchoret The form Anach′oret occurs in many books on church history for the recluses of the East in the early history of the church
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. anachorète, L. anachoreta, fr. Gr. , fr. to go back, retire; + to give place, retire, place; perh. akin to Skr. , to leave. Cf. Anchor a hermit


In literature:

I have seen the first monks and anchorets, without crossing seas or centuries.
"Essays, First Series" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
But at Monkbarns, no anchoret could have made a more simple and scanty meal.
"The Antiquary, Volume 2" by Sir Walter Scott
But at Monkbarns, no anchoret could have made a more simple and scanty meal.
"The Antiquary, Complete" by Sir Walter Scott
We monks pray by day, but the anchoret prays by night.
"The Christian A Story" by Hall Caine
Who ever said an anchoret was poor?
"Clarissa, Volume 7" by Samuel Richardson
Mr. Rimmon was no anchoret.
"Gordon Keith" by Thomas Nelson Page
No anchoret, indeed, could claim for himself much more apathy towards all such allurements than he did at that period.
"Life of Lord Byron, Vol. I. (of VI.)" by Thomas Moore
He was at this time evidently leading the life of an anchoret.
"St. Bernard of Clairvaux's Life of St. Malachy of Armagh" by H. J. Lawlor
Oft had sweet pastime wearied her, and yet Fain would she match in toil the anchoret.
"The Birth of the War-God" by Kalidasa
Anchorets, number of, i.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper

In poetry:

He bends, and gazes yet
Before his ghastly bride! the anchoret
Sate by him, and hath press'd a cross of wood
To his wan lips.
"The Death-Wake, Or Lunacy - Chimera III" by Thomas Stoddart
For I am the lover, the anchoret,
And the suicide -- but in vain;
I have failed in their deeds, and I want them yet,
And this life derides my pain.
"Envoi" by Thomas MacDonagh