[ muh-nas-tik ]
/ məˈnæs tɪk /
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adjective Also mo·nas·ti·cal.

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.



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Origin of monastic

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English monastik, from Middle French monastique or directly from Late Latin monasticus, from Late Greek monastikós, equivalent to monas- (derivative of monázein “to be alone, live alone”) + -ikos adjective suffix, with -t- by analogy with derivatives of agent nouns in -tēs; see mon-,-ic: cf. athlete)
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British Dictionary definitions for monastic

/ (məˈnæstɪk) /

adjective monastical

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
monastically, adverb
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