Definitions

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

  • n. Monastic life or practices.
  • n. Monks considered as a group.
  • n. A monastery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the practices of monks; the way of life, behavior, etc. characteristic of monks; monastic life
  • n. monasticism
  • n. a monastery
  • n. monks, considered as a group. (cf clergy, laity)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The life of monks; monastic life; monastic usage or customs; -- now usually applied by way of reproach.
  • n. A collective body of monks.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Monasticism, or the practices of monks: generally opprobrious.
  • n. A monastery, or the inhabitants of a monastery.
  • n. The country or rural districts; also, in a collective sense, tramps or vagrants.

Etymologies

From monk +‎ -ery. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Newbury, it appeared, had spent the preceding night in what Sir Wilfrid obstinately called a "monkery" -- _alias_ the house of an Anglican brotherhood or Community -- the Community of the Ascension, of which

    The Coryston Family A Novel

  • -- a Minister of ninety almost, a sovereign of whom all that can be said is that he is a great canonist, and all that little bubbling and boiling of priestery and monkery, which is at once odious, mischievous, and contemptible, a sort of extinct volcano, all the stink of the sulphur without any of the splendour of the eruption.

    The Greville Memoirs A Journal of the Reigns of King George IV and King William IV, Volume 1 (of 3)

  • I can tell already that you shall go far in monkery!

    Agent Q, or The Smell Of Danger!

  • Accordingly, they began to shout, “To it, fathers — to it I” — “Fight monk, fight madcap — Abbot against Abbot is fair play, and so is reason against unreason, and malice against monkery!”

    The Abbot

  • Álim = one learned in the law, a D.D. Mohammed did his best to abolish the priest and his craft by making each Moslem paterfamilias a pontifex in his own household and he severely condemned monkery and celibacy.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Kazis, who hold that there is no monkery in Al – Islam?

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • These legends, however, were no more than monkish extravagances, over which one laughed inwardly; there were, besides, priestly matters, and the priestcraft of the book was far worse than its monkery.

    Villette

  • “Here in this old monkery, Lois,” he continued with

    Flappers and Philosophers

  • Thus noble Triboulet tells it us plainly, from whose words we may gather with all ease imaginable that your cuckoldry is to be infamous, and so much the more scandalous that your conjugal bed will be incestuously contaminated with the filthiness of a monkery lecher.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • I am persuaded monkery came into the world not only with a glorious pretence, but also with a sincere intention.

    The Sermons of John Owen

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