Definitions for eremitism
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a hermit or recluse, esp. one under a religious vow.
Origin of eremite:
1150–1200; ME < LL erēmītahermit
monasticism characterized by solitude in which the social dimension of life is sacrificed to the primacy of religious experience
The state of being a hermit; seclusion from society.
the state of a hermit; a living in seclusion from social life