monk·​hood | \ ˈməŋk-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce monkhood (audio) \

Definition of monkhood

1 : the character, condition, or profession of a monk : monasticism
2 : monks as a class

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Recent Examples on the Web Most of all, women are increasingly speaking out against a patriarchy that has long controlled the military, the monarchy and the Buddhist monkhood, Thailand’s most powerful institutions. New York Times, "Young Women Take a Frontline Role in Thailand’s Protests," 24 Sep. 2020 Buddhist males in Thailand are traditionally expected to enter the monkhood, often as novices, at some point in their lives to show gratitude, often toward their parents for raising them. Tassanee Vejpongsa, The Seattle Times, "Thai soccer boys’ heads shaved for Buddhist ordination," 24 July 2018 Isaiah was stripped of his monkhood days after the incident. Fox News, "Egypt prosecutors order ex-monk detained over abbot death," 11 Aug. 2018 The chief of Chiang Rai's Buddhism office said the boys and their coach will dedicate their act of entering the monkhood to the volunteer diver and former Thai navy SEAL who died in the cave while helping prepare for their rescue. Tassanee Vejpongsa, The Seattle Times, "Thai soccer boys’ heads shaved for Buddhist ordination," 24 July 2018 Thai tradition allows for boys to temporarily assume Buddhist monkhood to perform acts of charity. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Rescued Thai Soccer Team Recounts the Ordeal in the Cave," 18 July 2018 What was an ultimately unsuccessful effort to draw the monkhood out of its political quietism swiftly mutated into an anti-progressive force, and continued to endure as a dark cloud over the region’s politics in subsequent decades. 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 monkhood

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Monkhood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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