- of or relating to monasteries: a monastic library.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of monks or nuns, their manner of life, or their religious obligations: monastic vows.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of a secluded, dedicated, or austere manner of living.
- a member of a monastic community or order, especially a monk.
Origin of monastic
Examples from the Web for monastic
Christianity spawned the monastic movement, originally in Egypt, that insisted upon peace, self-reliance, education and charity.Karen Armstrong’s New Rule: Religion Isn’t Responsible for Violence
October 29, 2014
But his period of monastic seclusion officially comes to an end on Thursday.Brennan Emerges From The Shadows
August 6, 2013
A Youtube video of some jet-setting Buddhist monks has Thailand scrambling to crack down on materialism in the monastic ranks.Jet-Setting Video of Thai Buddhist Monks Causes Scandal
June 18, 2013
This should be manifestly clear this morning even to the most monastic heirs of David Broder.Mr. Smith's Insane Cousins Go to Washington
December 21, 2012
You are likely to pass by people who have devoted their lives to monastic services; leave them alone.Prophet Muhammad’s Rules of War
November 20, 2012
We will now see the monks at work, and spend a day with them in their monastic home.
Many were the efforts to reform the abuses which crept into the monastic houses.
But with the passage of centuries the church and monastic building of Sta.
The rest of the monastic buildings have been in ruins since the siege of 1832.
There's a monastic simplicity about this joint that endears it to me.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
- of or relating to monasteries or monks, nuns, etc
- resembling this sort of life; reclusive
- a person who is committed to this way of life, esp a monk
Word Origin and History for monastic
mid-15c., from Middle French monastique "monkish, monastic," or directly from Late Latin monasticus, from Ecclesiastical Greek monastikos "solitary, pertaining to a monk," from Greek monazein "to live alone" (see monastery). Related: Monastical (c.1400).