Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A member of a convent or other religious community.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • noun A social bee.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One of a religious order, dwelling in a convent, or a community, in opposition to an anchoret, or hermit, who lives in solitude.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A new or recent member of a Greek monastic religious order; a caloyer
  • noun A monk who lives in a religious community, rather than in solitude

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

  • noun a member of a religious order living in common

Etymologies

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

[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.]

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From Old French cenobite or Ecclesiastical Latin coenobita, from coenobium, from Ancient Greek κοινόβιον ("community life, convent"), from κοινός (koinos, "community") + βίος (bios, "life").

Examples

  • Gawie Hough, 42, battered twin months after the former driver of his cenobite Deon, 41, in danger him with the words: "I'll show we what we can do with the white man."

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  • Gawie Hough, 42, battered twin months after the former driver of his cenobite Deon, 41, in danger him with the words: "I'll show we what we can do with the white man."

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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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  • Looking for “cenobite” on the dictionary was pointless, there was no Internet for me at the time, nobody I knew could help.

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  • I have this halloween latex mask I picked up a couple of years ago: it's sort of a jester-cenobite kind of thing that vaguely suggests some of the costume work in The Cell memo: put that film on shopping list, just for the dreamworld sequences.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Each hunched in a humming den of lights
    The faithful women and men of nights
    At every net node
    Are inputting code -
    Those blear-eyed software cenobites.

    August 28, 2014

  • Is there a zenobite? ((zen-o-bite) or is that anchored-rite (right)??) anchorite


    August 28, 2014

  • google books has a zenobite in the 19th Century

    " When the holy zenobite gave the signal, all present repeated these songs with the ecstatic convulsions which are so frequently to be seen at camp-meetings" books?id=DOwRAAAAYAAJ Putnam's Monthly Journal Vol 10 page 180 in the article Schamyl and his Harem


    other zenobites are written in Latin.

    August 29, 2014