American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or suggesting a cloister; secluded.
- adj. Living in a cloister.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to a cloister; of the nature of a cloister; belonging to or dwelling in a cloister.
- Secluded; retired.
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or living in a cloister.
- adj. Sheltered from the world; monastic.
- adj. Secluded.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or confined in, a cloister; recluse.
- adj. of communal life sequestered from the world under religious vows
“A kind of cloistral quietude pervaded the place; the devotees who came in spoke in low voices, as if in a confessional, slipped their purchases into their bags furtively, and went off with downcast eyes.”
“Who does not feel, when following Browne into his study or his garden, that here is a kind of cloistral retreat from the common places of the outside world, that the handsome man is a true gentleman and a noble friend, and that his best clothes are his every-day wear?”
“Started but did not finish: 4 (4.2%) … all distinterested lovers of books, will always look to [literature], as to all other fine art, for a refuge, a sort of cloistral refuge, from a certain vulgarity in the actual world.”
“After sounding the profound cloistral silence, she seemed to be listening to remote, inarticulate revelations of the life of passion, which accounts feelings as of higher value than things.”
“It is this capacity, I believe, that promotes Borges so far above the level of the exotic antiquarian, the obsessed bibliophile, the cloistral mapmaker, the crazed pedant, and the unreliable editor: diverting roles that he vastly enjoyed and at which he excelled.”
“My own room, if it interests you to know, is somewhat cloistral and narrow, but it looks straight over the lawns to the hill-rise and the woods beyond.”
“We have now only four boys of tender age among us, two of them not committed to the cloistral life, but here to be educated.”
The Devil's Novice
“With both the secular and the cloistral law directing, the search did not take long, and was fruitless.”
The Virgin In The Ice
“Perhaps the sounds that measured out the cloistral day were able to reach some quiet core of habit even within the sufferer's disrupted being, for at the note of the bell for Prime he fell suddenly quiet, and his eyelids fluttered and strove to open, but closed again wincingly against even this subdued light.”
The Virgin In The Ice
“They had had to amend their ways, however, since Abbot Radulfus had taken over the rudder of this cloistral vessel, for he was a man who brooked no slipshod dealings, and would have all his crew as meticulous as himself.”
St. Peter's Fair
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