Definitions

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  • n. The state of being a cenobite; the belief or practice of a cenobite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being a cenobite; the belief or practice of a cenobite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being a cenobite; the principles or practices of cenobites.

Etymologies

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cenobite +‎ -ism

Examples

  • Basil of Caesarea (330–79), a leading Greek theologian, attacked the eremitic life, because of the impossibility of material self-sufficiency, the excessive concern with the self, and the lack of opportunity for the exercise of charity; he espoused cenobitism, which eventually became the common form of monasticism in the West.

    b. The Early Church

  • Asceticism of the solitary life was apart from the organization of the Church; when this form of life had developed in cenobitism it still remained for a time, at least, outside the ecclesiastical organization.

    A Source Book for Ancient Church History

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