a person who has retired to a solitary place for a life of religious seclusion; hermit.
Historical Examples

Upon the 17th of July a small island in the neighbourhood of the anchorite Islands was sighted.
Celebrated Travels and Travellers Jules Verne

“She is enough to tempt an anchorite,” declares Mr. Murray, gallantly.
Floyd Grandon’s Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas

Whether any anchorite has been made without the assent of the bishop.
Parish Priests and Their People in the Middle Ages in England Edward L. Cutts

He was, to the eyes of men, studious and holy as an anchorite.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327 Various

Why that man has conversation for the prince and the peasant—the courtier and the anchorite.
Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10) Maria Edgeworth

The church itself was frequently the habitation of the anchorite.
English Villages P. H. Ditchfield

At this period of his existence, Stuart Ford troubled himself as little as any anchorite of the desert about the eternal feminine.
Empire Builders Francis Lynde

At the Tambov hermitage the anchorite Hilary, a man of saintly life, has died.
Father Sergius Leo Tolstoy

The anchorite, who was on his knees before a crucifix, did not speak until he had finished his devotions.
Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2) John Roby

He lived in Paris more lonely than an anchorite in the deserts of Thebes.
The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham

a person who lives in seclusion, esp a religious recluse; hermit

mid-15c., “hermit (especially those of the Eastern deserts), recluse, one who withdraws from the world for religious reasons,” from Medieval Latin anchorita, from Greek anakhoretes, literally “one who has retired,” agent noun from anakhorein “to retreat, go back, retire,” from ana- “back” (see ana-) + khorein “withdraw, give place,” from khoros “place, space, free space, room.” Replaced Old English ancer, from Late Latin anchoreta.


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