mo·nas·tic | \mə-ˈnas-tik \

Definition of monastic 

1 : of or relating to monasteries or to monks or nuns the rituals of monastic life

2 : resembling (as in seclusion or ascetic simplicity) life in a monastery shows a monastic dedication to his job

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Other Words from monastic

monastic noun
monastically \-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb
monasticism \-tə-ˌsi-zəm \ noun

Examples of monastic in a Sentence

He founded a monastic order in Belgium. He shows a monastic dedication to his job. She studied for the test with monastic zeal.
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The religion supplied the symbols of kingship in courts, capitals, and urban centers from Burma (now Myanmar) to Siam (Thailand) to Laos, as monastic orders and ruling elites forged intimate ties. Amar Diwakar, The New Republic, "Saffron Curtain: How Buddhism Was Weaponized During the Cold War," 23 Mar. 2018 Their internal literature liberally cites medieval texts such as those of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, who wrote the original Templars’ quasi-monastic rules. Kristina Krug, Smithsonian, "Meet the Americans Following in the Footsteps of the Knights Templar," 28 June 2018 The relic exemplifies the extraordinary monastic movement that in ages past swept Ireland and kept alive texts, classical and otherwise, in the face of the Roman Empire’s collapse. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "When Ireland Rebooted Civilization," 18 June 2018 Highlights include visits to Connemara and Killarney national parks and the Cliffs of Moher as well as to neolithic stone circles, Celtic forts, castles, monastic sites and pre-Christian tombs. Anne Harnagel,, "Hiking, history and culture collide on this tour of southern Ireland," 12 June 2018 Yet Tayang hopes to keep the monastic way of life alive, in his generation and beyond. National Geographic, "These Millennial Monks Are Adapting to a Modernizing World," 8 June 2018 All rooms have been designed to reflect the monastic history and features of the hotel and combine contemporary furniture and design with traditional features. Town & Country, "These Are the 83 Top Hotels Around the World," 6 Oct. 2016 And though the house is small, the bedrooms are larger than the spartan, monastic sleeping spaces Wright designed early on. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Frank Lloyd Wright house near Ann Arbor is a 'small masterpiece'," 9 June 2018 Jennifer Connelly made a statement at the Solo: A Star Wars Story screening in Cannes yesterday, wearing Louis Vuitton’s monastic minidress, then jetted out in slick style just after. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Jennifer Connelly Nails Flawless, Yet Easy Airport Style," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of monastic

circa 1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of monastic

: of or relating to monks or monasteries

: resembling or suggesting a monk or the life of a monk


mo·nas·tic | \mə-ˈna-stik \

Kids Definition of monastic

: of or relating to monks or monasteries He took monastic vows.

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