from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Monasticism.
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- n. monasticism
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The system and influences of a monastic life; monasticism.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The principle of living in the manner of monks; the system or course of life pursued by monks and nuns; primarily, the practice of living alone in religious retirement from the world; religious seclusion; secondarily, the corporate life of religious communities under vows of poverty, celibacy, and obedience to a superior. See monk.
- n. A monastic characteristic or peculiarity; also, such characteristics collectively.
Medieval Latin monachismus, from Late Greek monakhismos, from monakhos, monk; see monk.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)