Anchoress



a woman who is an anchorite.
Historical Examples

She may be a nun; but if ever she prove an anchoress, I’ll dig her grave with my nails.
A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Volume 10 (of 15) Various

An anchoress that is a buyer and a seller selleth her soul to the chapman of hell.
Medieval English Nunneries c. 1275 to 1535 Eileen Edna Power

An anchoress must not become a school-mistress, nor turn her house into a school for children.
Scenes and Characters of the Middle Ages Edward Lewes Cutts

An anchoress must not become a schoolmistress, nor turn her anchoress-house into a school for children.
Medieval English Nunneries c. 1275 to 1535 Eileen Edna Power

I’ll not go back to my anchoress lodge in the north till I see what works out of them!
The Herd Boy and His Hermit Charlotte M. Yonge

For a case of doubt in an anchoress, which, however ended well, see ib.
Medieval English Nunneries c. 1275 to 1535 Eileen Edna Power

The Lady Julian, who was the anchoress in 1393, is said to have had two servants to attend her in her old age.
Scenes and Characters of the Middle Ages Edward Lewes Cutts

In 1453, an anchoress named Matilda supplied the place of Isabella, who we may suppose had long since gone to her reward.
Scenes and Characters of the Middle Ages Edward Lewes Cutts

One plea to lead a stricter life was, however, less open to suspicion; that was the request to be enclosed as an anchoress.
Medieval English Nunneries c. 1275 to 1535 Eileen Edna Power

Stop before the house of this anchoress, secluded from the world, and absorbed in pious meditations, a holy and quiet place.
A Literary History of the English People Jean Jules Jusserand

n.

“female recluse, nun,” late 14c.; see anchorite + -ess.

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