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cenobite

Line breaks: ceno|bite
Pronunciation: /ˈsiːnəbʌɪt
 
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(also coenobite)

Definition of cenobite in English:

noun

A member of a monastic community.
Example sentences
  • A cenobite is usually a monk in a monastery, as opposed to an anchorite, who is a monk living alone (also called an ‘eremite’ or ‘hermit’).

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French cenobite or ecclesiastical Latin coenobita, via late Latin from Greek koinobion 'convent', from koinos 'common' + bios 'life'.

Derivatives

cenobitic

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Pronunciation: /-ˈbɪtɪk/
adjective
Example sentences
  • One response to this is that cenobitic monasticism, western and eastern alike, has always seen the giving of hospitality to pilgrims as an integral part of the monastic vocation.
  • This problem gave rise to cenobitic monasticism.
  • By the fifth century, this form of ‘cenobitic’ monasticism gained a powerful appeal in the west and spread rapidly.

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