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monachal Line breaks: mon|achal
Pronunciation: /ˈmɒnək(ə)l/

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Definition of monachal in English:


Relating to or characteristic of a monk; monastic: the monachal orders of the Roman Church
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  • In Measure for Measure an examination of sexuality implies a searching and sympathetic depiction of the monachal orders.
  • Under every creed, monachal austerity and seclusion had been attempted.
  • Jerome seems to have had the monacal feelings which led him wholly to avoid the society of women.


Late 16th century: from Old French monacal or ecclesiastical Latin monachalis, from Latin monachus 'monk'.

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