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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These frescoes were begun in 1974 by Khapa Rinzi, a Sherpa master of the monastic art of thangka painting. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "On Your Next Trip to Nepal, Rent the House Sir Edmund Hillary Loved," 20 Dec. 2018 The former abbot, subsequently stripped of his monastic rank, managed to evade capture and flee the country. George Styllis, Washington Post, "Thai crackdown targets Buddhist monks amid accusations of embezzlement and fraud," 24 June 2018 There’s something very meditative and monastic to me about theater because in TV, every single day is different. Janet Mock, Marie Claire, "Kerry Washington's Next Act," 8 Oct. 2018 Canterbury Cathedral’s monastic community was disbanded during the Reformation and most of volumes in its library were either dispersed, destroyed, or taken apart for reuse. James Rogers, Fox News, "Extremely rare medieval bible that 'bears witness' to Christian history re-discovered," 6 Aug. 2018 Young Tibetan monks have also reportedly been forced to leave one of the biggest monasteries in a Tibetan region of western China as part of a drive to replace monastic life with secular education. Fox News, "China leader calls for 'anti-separatism efforts' in Tibet," 27 Aug. 2018 In this case, the goal is to brew beer at your monastery, using the ingredients of your monastic garden. Nate Anderson, Ars Technica, "A quick look at the nominees for 2018’s “Board Game of the Year”," 21 July 2018 The monastic style was a relatively quiet choice for Cotillard who has made a splash along la croisière in eye-catching pieces. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Marion Cotillard Takes the Anti-Bodycon Dress to the Cannes Red Carpet—And Wins," 17 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of monastic

circa 1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of monastic was circa 1563

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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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