monkery

[muhng-kuh-ree]
noun, plural monk·er·ies. Disparaging.
  1. the mode of life, behavior, etc., of monks; monastic life.
  2. a monastery.
  3. monkeries, the practices, beliefs, etc., of monks.

Origin of monkery

First recorded in 1530–40; monk + -ery
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monkery

noun plural -eries derogatory
  1. monastic life or practices
  2. a monastery or monks collectively
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