monastic

adjective mo·nas·tic \ mə-ˈnas-tik \
|Updated on: 13 Jul 2018

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

monastic

noun

monastically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

monasticism

play \-tə-ˌsi-zəm\ noun

Examples of monastic in a Sentence

  1. He founded a monastic order in Belgium.

  2. He shows a monastic dedication to his job.

  3. She studied for the test with monastic zeal.

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First Known Use of monastic

circa 1563

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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MONASTIC Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of monastic for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to monks or monasteries

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


MONASTIC Defined for Kids

monastic

adjective mo·nas·tic \ mə-ˈna-stik \

Definition of monastic for Students

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


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