Definition of monk in English:

monk

Syllabification: monk
Pronunciation: /məNGk
 
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noun

Derivatives

monkish

adjective
More example sentences
  • The Orthodox Church offers a characteristic mix of monkish asceticism, mystical exaltation, and a special cult of beauty.
  • An intensely private man, almost monkish in his devotion to solitude, he apologetically explained, ‘There's a stillness there I want to preserve.’
  • To walk into the main gallery was to encounter a meditative environment that seemed austere and monkish.

monkishly

adverb
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  • There's something monkishly self-denying about his dedication to the pursuit of perfection.
  • The exhibition was elegantly cool, monkishly quiet and very deliberate, just as one imagines Opalka must be: resolved, accepting, and making every moment count.
  • Libertarian ideas, he thought, were like a delicate candle flame ever threatening to gutter; they could only be tended to monkishly by a tiny and obscure remnant.

monkishness

noun
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  • Paul aims to write the P.C. version of his life, an untrue confession that squares his late-in-life monkishness with his youthful travels as a young squire.

Origin

Old English munuc, based on Greek monakhos 'solitary', from monos 'alone'.

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