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monastic

[muh-nas-tik]
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adjective Also mo·nas·ti·cal.
  1. of or relating to monasteries: a monastic library.
  2. of, relating to, or characteristic of monks or nuns, their manner of life, or their religious obligations: monastic vows.
  3. of, relating to, or characteristic of a secluded, dedicated, or austere manner of living.
noun
  1. a member of a monastic community or order, especially a monk.

Origin of monastic

1400–50; late Middle English monastik < Late Latin monasticus < Late Greek monastikós, equivalent to monas- (verbid stem of monázein to be alone; see mon-) + -ikos -ic, with -t- by analogy with derivatives of agent nouns in -tēs (cf. athlete, athletic)
Related formsmo·nas·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·mo·nas·tic, adjectivenon·mo·nas·ti·cal·ly, adverbpseu·do·mo·nas·tic, adjectivepseu·do·mo·nas·ti·cal, adjectivepseu·do·mo·nas·ti·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·mo·nas·tic, adjectiveun·mo·nas·tic, adjectiveun·mo·nas·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for monastic

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  • We will now see the monks at work, and spend a day with them in their monastic home.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • Many were the efforts to reform the abuses which crept into the monastic houses.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • But with the passage of centuries the church and monastic building of Sta.

    Portuguese Architecture

    Walter Crum Watson

  • The rest of the monastic buildings have been in ruins since the siege of 1832.

    Portuguese Architecture

    Walter Crum Watson

  • There's a monastic simplicity about this joint that endears it to me.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service


British Dictionary definitions for monastic

monastic

adjective monastical
  1. of or relating to monasteries or monks, nuns, etc
  2. resembling this sort of life; reclusive
noun
  1. a person who is committed to this way of life, esp a monk
Derived Formsmonastically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for monastic

adj.

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).

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