an·cho·rite (ăngkə-rīt′) also an·cho·ret (-rĕt′)
A person who has retired into seclusion for religious reasons.
[Middle English, from Medieval Latin anchōrīta, from Late Latin anachōrēta, from Late Greek anakhōrētēs, from anakhōrein, to retire : ana-, ana- + khōrein, to make room for, withdraw (from khōros, place; see ghē- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
an′cho·ritic (-rĭtĭk) adj.
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