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[see-nuh-bahyt, sen-uh-]
  1. cenobite.
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Related formscoe·no·bit·ic [see-nuh-bit-ik, sen-uh-] /ˌsi nəˈbɪt ɪk, ˌsɛn ə-/, coe·no·bit·i·cal, adjectivecoe·no·bit·ism [see-nuh-bahy-tiz-uh m, sen-uh-] /ˈsi nəˌbaɪ tɪz əm, ˈsɛn ə-/, noun
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Historical Examples

  • In both its hermit and coenobitic phases, monasticism began in the East, in Syria and the Thebaid.

    The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II)

    Henry Osborn Taylor

  • Both the coenobitic and the hermit life were, from the time of their inception, phases of the vita contemplativa.

  • And herein, in that it is more undistracted and more undisturbed, lies the superiority of the solitary life over the coenobitic.

British Dictionary definitions for coenobitic



  1. a member of a religious order following a communal rule of lifeCompare eremite
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Derived Formscoenobitic (ˌsiːnəʊˈbɪtɪk), coenobitical, cenobitic or cenobitical, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Old French or ecclesiastical Latin, from Greek koinobion convent, from koinos common + bios life
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