Saturday, August 12, 2006

eremite- word of the day

Word of the Day for Saturday August 12, 2006
eremite \ER-uh-myt\, noun:
A hermit, especially a religious recluse.

He is in the private cave of his freedom, an eremite, a solitary; he orders his mind as he pleases.
-- Cynthia Ozick, "Writers Domestic and Demonic", New York Times, March 25, 1984


Eremite derives from Late Latin eremita, from Greek eremites, "living in the desert," from eremia, "desert," from eremos, "lonely, solitary, desolate."

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