You hear about hermits more often than you meet one, and that’s because a hermit is someone who likes to be alone, far from people, sometimes because of their religious beliefs or maybe because they simply want some privacy.

Hermits like living solo, alone in the woods, up in a mountain, or sometimes they live in a city without hardly ever leaving their apartment. The root of the word is the Greek erēmos, meaning “solitary.” A life of solitude isn’t for everyone, but a hermit chooses it for any number of reasons. For example, being able to honor their religious beliefs more fully or hating all of humanity are two possible motivations to become a hermit.

Definitions of hermit
  1. noun
    one retired from society for religious reasons
    synonyms: anchorite
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    type of:
    a Christian recluse
  2. noun
    one who lives in solitude
    synonyms: recluse, solitary, solitudinarian, troglodyte
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    St. John the Baptist
    (New Testament) a preacher and hermit and forerunner of Jesus (whom he baptized); was beheaded by Herod at the request of Salome
    type of:
    lone hand, lone wolf, loner
    a person who avoids the company or assistance of others
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