monastic

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adjective mo·nas·tic \mə-ˈnas-tik\

Definition of monastic

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

  2. 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.

Recent Examples of monastic from the Web

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Circa 1563

First Known Use of monastic

circa 1563

Other Christian Religious Terms


MONASTIC Defined for English Language Learners

monastic

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adjective

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

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adjective mo·nas·tic \mə-ˈna-stik\

Definition of monastic for Students

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



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