Definition of Anchoress

1. n. A female anchoret.



Definition of Anchoress

1. Noun. A female anchorite. A woman who chooses to withdraw from the world to live a solitary life of prayer and contemplation. ¹

2. Noun. (context: informal) an anchorwoman ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Anchoress

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Medical Definition of Anchoress

1. A female anchoret. "And there, a saintly anchoress, she dwelt." (Wordsworth) Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Anchoress

anchor baby
anchor buoy
anchor chain
anchor ice
anchor light
anchor line
anchor pylon
anchor ring
anchor splint
anchorable
anchorage
anchorage dependence
anchorage ground
anchorages
anchored
anchoress (current term)
anchoresses
anchoret
anchoretism
anchorets
anchorhold
anchorin
anchoring
anchoring villus
anchorite
anchorites
anchoritess
anchoritesses
anchoritic
anchoritically

Literary usage of Anchoress

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Ancren Riwle: A Treatise on the Rules and Duties of Monastic Life by James Morton, Camden Society (Great Britain) (1853)
"It is their business who are set over the rest and have to take charge of them. An anchoress hath only to take heed to herself and her maidens. ..."

2. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Charles Dudley Warner (1896)
"... one of us ought to give to God our soul in matrimony; for he is ready to receive her to his spouse [etc.]. HOW AN anchoress WAS TEMPTED BY THE DEVIL ..."

3. Revelations of Divine Love by Julian (1901)
"See the Will of Robert Pert —proved 1445—which left "to the anchoress of ... who in 1466 left bequests to "Dame Julian, anchoress at Car- row, ..."

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