Definition of monastic in English:


Syllabification: mo·nas·tic
Pronunciation: /məˈnastik


1Of or relating to monks, nuns, or others living under religious vows, or the buildings in which they live: a monastic order
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  • The religious pillars, of course, are the clergy and monastic orders.
  • Most Theravada monks live as part of monastic communities.
  • Today we'll hear from two Buddhists, who lived a monastic life, and also left it after some years.
cloistered, cloistral, claustral
1.1Resembling or suggestive of monks or their way of life, especially in being austere, solitary, or celibate: a monastic student bedroom
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  • Music is, by implication, a solitary and almost monastic pursuit, one unabashedly privileged over friendship or love.
  • Having had a good day of golf and wine with the two Jims and myself, he retired to his room in the monastic student hall of residence.
  • The Armenian Quarter is a little known part of the city and its stone passages and cloisters give it a secluded, monastic air.
austere, ascetic, simple, solitary, monkish, celibate, quiet, cloistered, sequestered, secluded, reclusive, hermitlike, hermitic, incommunicado


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A monk or other follower of a monastic rule.
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  • Weber's texts also employ the typology to distinguish the asceticism of medieval monastics from that of Calvinism.
  • What does the tradition itself say about regulating the behavior of monastics?
  • While seldom scholars or even clerics, these monastics turned the desert into a city.


late Middle English (in the sense 'anchoritic'): from late Latin monasticus, from Greek monastikos, from monazein 'live alone'.



Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
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  • The Tigre people have a sacred artistic tradition within Christianity that includes music (directed by monastically trained men) as well as Biblical illumination, scroll making, and icon painting.
  • Some rooms are monastically small.
  • Paring form and materiality down to its monastically rigorous bare bones, this new apartment in Milan is a sensuous synthesis of big spaces and ethereal light.


Pronunciation: /-təˌsizəm/
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  • Following closely to this preoccupation with asceticism was monasticism which spread with incredible rapidity.
  • Rejected by Luther is the idea that some occupations, such as the priesthood or monasticism, are spiritually superior to others, such as parenting.
  • Celtic Christianity in the sixth through tenth centuries was characterized by its extreme asceticism, its love of learning, and its distinctive monasticism.

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