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anchorite (ANG-kuh-ryt) noun, also anchoret

One who lives in seclusion; a hermit.

[Via Middle English, Medieval Latin, Late Latin, Late Greek, from Greek anakhoretes, to withdraw.]

"The use of money is the purest act of faith; no anchorite who has followed a vision into the desert has acted on an idea as far-fetched as our belief that if we put a dollar in a machine we will be drinking a Diet Coke in a minute."
Mary Gordon; We Are All Spendthrifts Now; The New York Times; May 29, 2000.

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