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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Anchoret  \An"cho*ret\,  Anchorite  \An"cho*rite\,  n.  [F. 
  anachor[`e]te,  L.  anachoreta  fr  Gr  ?,  fr  ?  to  go  back 
  retire;  ?  +  ?  to  give  place  retire,  ?  place  perh.  akin  to 
  Skr.  h[=a]  to  leave  Cf  {Anchor}  a  hermit.] 
  One  who  renounces  the  world  and  secludes  himself,  usually  for 
  religious  reasons;  a  hermit;  a  recluse.  [Written  by  some 
  authors  {anachoret}.] 
  Our  Savior  himself  .  .  .  did  not  choose  an  anchorite's 
  or  a  monastic  life,  but  a  social  and  affable  way  of 
  conversing  with  mortals.  --Boyle.