from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The monastic life or system, especially as practiced in a monastery.

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  • n. the religious practice of renouncing all worldly pursuits in order to fully devote one's life to spiritual work

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The monastic life, system, or condition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The corporate life of religious communities under the vows of poverty, celibacy, and obedience to a superior; the monastic system or condition.
  • n. The condition or state of living like a monk, in religious retirement from the world.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. asceticism as a form of religious life; usually conducted in a community under a common rule and characterized by celibacy and poverty and obedience


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From Greek μοναχός (a solitary person).


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  • I wish that Mr. Montefiore had expanded his book a little some of his most interesting bits are relegated to footnotes, and told us something about the origins of the synagogue and of monasticism, which is essential to the story of Jerusalem, but clearly a non-Jewish phenomenon.

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  • JOSEPH KOTERSKI, FORDHAM UNIVERSITY: I suspect that what he's doing is thinking all the way back to St. Benedict, who was a 6th century individual, who's the founder of Western monasticism, that is the beginning of monasteries in Europe.

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  • In this way, travel can be a kind of monasticism on the move: On the road, we often live more simply even when staying in a luxury hotel, with no more possessions than we can carry, and surrendering ourselves to chance.

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  • A friend of mine used to comment that he wished he'd known that marriage would be a kind of monasticism, and asked us to call him "Brother John".

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  • State as the expression of her ‘other-worldly’ sentiment, then monasticism has indeed conquered in her; but if we see, in the manner in which she to-day maintains this attitude, an essential secularisation, then it is precisely the Jesuitic monasticism which is to be made answerable therefor.

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  • For a whole century the secular Church succeeded in holding back the tide; and in doing so she was aided by a fresh phenomenon in monasticism which is marked by the foundation of the mendicant Orders.

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  • To leave town, and the struggle and the swim of life, and go and hide yourself in a farmhouse is not life -- it is egoism, laziness; it is a kind of monasticism, but monasticism without action.

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  • Nearby, a warren of small rooms, the cells where the monks used to sleep, gives us a view of the austere life of monasticism.

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