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

  • n. One who participates in a religious retreat.

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  • n. a participant in a religious retreat

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who retreats; specifically, one who takes part in a religious retreat.

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

  • n. a participant in a religious retreat


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  • At a retreat several years ago I conjured what the teachers call a VR (Vipassana Romance) with a fellow retreatant who -- I imagined -- was sitting so peacefully she must have been well on her way to Nirvana.

    Michael Sigman: Summer Vacation? 'Nothing' Doing

  • For another view of a single dawn at Eastern Point from a 30-day retreatant - see here.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • I thought that the Spiritual Exercises were an encounter with Jesus Christ in which the retreatant is called to commit himself to following Christ in every circumstance, to fight for the greater glory of God.

    What is the core of the Christian experience?

  • I was the only retreatant around, it must have been the week before Thanksgiving.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • "It is a pleasure to receive a retreatant such as you," cried Father

    En Route

  • You would certainly be the sole retreatant there, and no one will have the least idea of troubling himself about you; you will be free, you can if you choose leave the monastery just as you entered it, without having confessed or approached the Sacraments, your will will be respected there, and no monk will attempt to sound it without your authority.

    En Route

  • Then they told him that a retreatant would communicate and he answered 'Just so, I shall communicate him.'

    En Route

  • Inevitably this kind of in-depth contemplation does not suit every retreatant and is regarded by some as too rich in old-fashioned Catholic imagery.

    The American Spectator

  • The nature of the effort required from a participant is shown at the climax or colloquy of the first exercise, when the retreatant is asked to contemplate Christ nailed to the Cross and then to ask three questions over and over again:

    The American Spectator

  • Thus, over time, the retreatant begins to understand himself as a "loved sinner."

    America Magazine - America Connects


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