Definition of anchorism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈaŋkərɪz(ə)m/


[mass noun] rare
The state of living as a religious recluse: as he longed for anchorism he went to Scetis, following a Cherub
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  • Antony had, in his mid-life, made a decision in favor of anchorism against the monastic and political involvement
  • Anchorism was slightly more popular among women than men in the twelfth century.
  • There are few men for whom pure anchorism is safe.


Late 16th century: from Old English anchor 'recluse, hermit' (from medieval Latin anchorita anchorite) + -ism.

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