1A person living in solitude as a religious discipline.
- Secular idleness would have little meaning in solitude, and the religious contemplation of the hermit or monk is not in question here.
- Valaam, on a beautiful island in Lake Ladoga near the Finnish border, is once again home to both monks and hermits.
- As a form of asceticism, celibacy's heroic demands are more at home with a hermit in the desert or a monk in a monastery than with a priest ministering in today's highly charged sexual atmosphere.
1.1Any person living in solitude or seeking to do so.
- Sam Beam may boast a mountain man's beard and home-taping origins, but his steady output as Iron & Wine over the last two years has proved he's no hermit.
- Being stuck in a studio in front of the computer all day probably has something do with this - you become an introspective, insular hermit.
- You have got to be a little bit of hermit this season.
2A hummingbird found in the shady lower layers of tropical forests, foraging along a regular route.
- Phaethornis and other genera, family Trochilidae: several species
- A local guide took us out the first morning for a half-day of birding, including a visit to a lek of performing green hermit hummingbirds, and then got us on our way to the Canopy Tower, a short distance north of the city.
- Asymmetries in the character transition curves describing these zones suggest that Townsend's warblers have a selective advantage over hybrids and hermits.
- The pattern of introgression found by Rohwer and Wood predicts that Townsend's males will be superior to hermits in these behavioral measures.
- Example sentences
- Anti Vampire Club membership ranges from pirates to hermitic recluses to your common garden-variety psychopath.
- His life is saturated by tragedy, culminating in a hermitic existence spent waiting for the death that will free him from the tortured longing for Herman.
- Now I'm going to turn into a hermitic poet, I thought to myself, depressed, and spend all the rest of my days thinking up similes and metaphors and whatever else it is they teach us in English class.
Middle English: from Old French hermite, from late Latin eremita, from Greek erēmitēs, from erēmos 'solitary'.
Words that rhyme with hermitKermit, permit
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