• WordNet 3.6
    • n monasticism asceticism as a form of religious life; usually conducted in a community under a common rule and characterized by celibacy and poverty and obedience
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Monasticism The monastic life, system, or condition.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n monasticism The corporate life of religious communities under the vows of poverty, celibacy, and obedience to a superior; the monastic system or condition.
    • n monasticism The condition or state of living like a monk, in religious retirement from the world.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Monasticism the corporate monastic life or system of living
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. monasterium—Gr. monastērionmonastēs, a monk—monos, alone.


In literature:

It meant a return to monasticism.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
As an outlet for religious enthusiasm, monasticism was practically dead.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
Monasticism for some time had been declining, and the monks fell, in a few years, from 26,000 to 17,000.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
Even monasticism ceased to afford a strong example of self-denial.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
Of course, monasticism fostered fanaticism.
"Holbein" by Beatrice Fortescue
Monasticism is applied monism.
"Monophysitism Past and Present" by A. A. Luce
It cannot, of course, be urged that Christianity originated monasticism.
"Religion & Sex" by Chapman Cohen
The cathedral schools became in many instances centres of learning apart from monasticism.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
We admire this; but it is certain that he thereby alienated monasticism from its original ideals.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
Christian monasticism, also, had its birth in the dreamy East.
"Women of Early Christianity" by Alfred Brittain
In the same period grew to its height the passion for monasticism.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 8" by Various
First introduces monasticism into Italy, i.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper
She had devoted a great deal of her life to monasticism, and eventually constituted herself as the first abbess of her religious effort.
"Cathedral Cities of England" by George Gilbert
"Here and Hereafter" by Barry Pain
The result was a considerable increase of monasticism in England, and the prevalence of the greatest abuses under the cloak of Church privilege.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
Monasticism at Norwich, 130, 132, 133, 187, 267.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 2" by Charles Mackie
"Education in England in the Middle Ages" by Albert William Parry
The error of the early monasticism was the making it solely a life of contemplation.
"The Catholic World. Volume III; Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6." by E. Rameur
Monasticism in one sense or another always existed, and always will exist in the Church.
"Insula Sanctorum et Doctorum" by John Healy
Ecclesiastical freedom took the place of spiritual bondage; monasticism and the priesthood lost their power.
"A History of Philosophy in Epitome" by Albert Schwegler

In news:

True, Cromwell had a deep dislike of monasticism , and leaned towards Protestantism, as also did Thomas Cranmer, the archbishop of Canterbury.
Is there monasticism in the Orthodox Church.
Last week we considered that monasticism is a lifestyle, which makes it easier to focus entirely on Christ, with less concern or distraction.
The Origin on Monasticism & Fasting.