from The Century Dictionary.

  • Furnished with cloisters; arranged in the form of a cloister.
  • Shut up in a cloister; inhabiting a convent.
  • Solitary; retired from the world; secret; concealed.

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

  • adjective Dwelling in cloisters; solitary.
  • adjective Furnished with cloisters.

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

  • adjective Dwelling or raised in, or as if in, cloisters; solitary.
  • adjective isolated, protected, hidden away for the sake of maintaining innocence
  • adjective naive, lacking in worldliness
  • adjective Furnished with cloisters.
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of cloister.

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

  • adjective of communal life sequestered from the world under religious vows
  • adjective providing privacy or seclusion


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  • Skeptics said the initial aid sums -- as well as Bush's decision at first to remain cloistered on his Texas ranch for the Christmas holiday rather than speak in person about the tragedy -- showed scant appreciation for the magnitude of suffering and for the rescue and rebuilding work facing such nations as Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and Indonesia.

    December 2004

  • There are some who imagine that this way of discerning the will of God is impracticable for persons in the world, and that it is only out of the world, as they call the cloistered life, that one can have recourse to it.

    The Spirit of St. Francis de Sales

  • 5The proscription against women talking found fertile ground in cloistered life because silence was one essential element of the monastic environment. 11 The absence of sound was an important monastic practice and the presence of silence accentuated the sounds that did exist.

    Sensual Encounters: Monastic Women and Spirituality in Medieval Germany

  • The principal reason of the success of these retreats, called cloistered to distinguish them from the parochial retreats open to all, is their very necessity.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Haley writes: "The SSPX, as I understand it, don't want to engage in the salvation of souls in "cloistered" communities independent of the local Bishops."

    Fellay speaks: The talks begin in the autumn of 2009

  • The SSPX, as I understand it, don't want to engage in the salvation of souls in "cloistered" communities independent of the local Bishops.

    Fellay speaks: The talks begin in the autumn of 2009

  • Living by rules, like some kind of cloistered monk of musical taste.

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  • A Dublin education, but a life spent, as he put it, 'cloistered' in the likes of Cambridge, Oxford, St Andrews, and now Edinburgh.

    Strip Jack

  • The abbot had temporarily readjusted the "cloistered" areas of the abbey to give the refugees access to virtually everything except the monks 'sleeping quarters.

    A Canticle for Leibowitz

  • The pope grants dispensations to all who are unable to go in person to the stations, such as cloistered religious, prisoners, the sick, etc., who are free to visit their own church and say the prayers prescribed.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon


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