American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A member of a convent or other religious community.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
- n. A social bee.
- n. A new or recent member of a Greek monastic religious order; a caloyer
- n. A monk who lives in a religious community, rather than in solitude
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One of a religious order, dwelling in a convent, or a community, in opposition to an anchoret, or hermit, who lives in solitude.
- n. a member of a religious order living in common
- From Old French cenobite or Ecclesiastical Latin coenobita, from coenobium, from Ancient Greek κοινόβιον ("community life, convent"), from κοινός (koinos, "community") + βίος (bios, "life"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Late Latin coenobīta, from coenobium, convent, from Greek koinobion, from koinobios, living in community : koinos, common; see kom in Indo-European roots + bios, life; see gwei- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Wandering Monk, Reluctant Gyrovague: I wanted to be a good monk, a stable cenobite, in a monastery under a Prioress.”
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“One break from playing music involved the jester-cenobite mask, an accordion 3, and thankfully no cameras : - the result looked like something from a lost episode of Buffy.”
“Monsieur de Lovenjoul, to foster the tradition of his hermit-like conduct; and to all the jealous women with whom he entertained friendly relations he asserted that his morals were as spotless as those of a cenobite.”
“About the close of the fourth century the cenobite system was introduced into Europe, and in an astonishingly short space of time spread throughout all the western countries where Christianity had gained a foothold.”
“By turning antinomian when necessary and staying amongst our fellows, making known our views according to our ability and opportunity, we shall be doing more towards establishing the proper relation between man and sub-man than by turning cenobite and refusing all intercourse and association with our fellows.”
“He is, in a single individual, the happy combination of several men, that is to say, he is by turns, and as it may be needful, a man indulgent or severe in his preaching; a man of abstinence, or a good feeder; a man of the world, or a cenobite; a man of his breviary, or a courtier.”
“There, in Camaldoli, Romuald built a monastery, "and by several observances he added to St. Benedict's rule, gave birth to a new Order, in which he united the cenobite and eremetical life.”
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