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Definition of Anachoresis

Anachoresis Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
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retirement| life of a ermite
Anachoresis Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Anchorite or anchoret (female: anchoress; adj. anchoritic; from , anachōrētḗs, "one who has retired from the world", from the verb , anachōréō, signifying "to withdraw", "to retire") denotes someone who, for religious reasons, withdraws from secular society so as to be able to lead an intensely prayer-oriented, ascetic, and—circumstances permitting—Eucharist-focused life. Whilst anchorites are frequently considered to be a type of religious hermit, unlike hermits they were required to take a vow of stability of place, opting instead for permanent enclosure in cells often attached to churches. Also unlike hermits, anchorites were subject to a religious rite of consecration that closely resembled the funeral rite, following which—theoretically, at least—they would be considered dead to the world, a type of living saint. Anchorites had a certain autonomy, as they did not answer to any ecclesiastical authority other than the bishop.

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