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[muh-nas-tuh-siz-uh m]
  1. the monastic system, condition, or mode of life.
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Origin of monasticism

First recorded in 1785–95; monastic + -ism
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Historical Examples of monasticism

  • There is an element of monasticism even in Plato's communism.

    The Republic


  • The rule was the basis for all the reforms in monasticism for several centuries.

  • When the three centuries of trial were over, monasticism rose.

  • Wrecked it, wrecked it high and dry on the barren rocks of monasticism.

    Robert Annys: Poor Priest

    Annie Nathan Meyer

  • Then again, monasticism was, as we have seen, intended to be self-sufficing.

British Dictionary definitions for monasticism


  1. the monastic system, movement, or way of life
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Word Origin and History for monasticism


1795, from monastic + -ism.

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