Definitions

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  • n. In Christian spirituality, a small sparsely furnished cabin or room where a person goes to fast and pray, but which is less austere than a hermitage.

Etymologies

From the Russian пустыня (pustýnja, "desert"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I have made my closet into a poustinia, which is the Russian word for "desert", but which here means "a quiet, lonely place away from the rest of my room and the world where I can pray and read and paint".

    Sleepytime tea and other comforts

  • A ‘poustinia’, for those who may not be familiar with the term is a Russian word, which literally translates, “desert”, but actually means many different things depending on how it is used.

    Archive 2009-07-01

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