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Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
A person who retires into solitude for the purpose of devotion. Who were the first hermits cannot easily be known; though Paul, surnamed the hermit, is generally reckoned the first. The persecutions of Decius and Valerian were supposed to have occasioned their first rise.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Hermit'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/h/hermit.html. 1802.
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