cloistral

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj cloistral of communal life sequestered from the world under religious vows
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Cloistral Of, pertaining to, or confined in, a cloister; recluse. "Best become a cloistral exercise."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cloistral Of or pertaining to a cloister; of the nature of a cloister; belonging to or dwelling in a cloister.
    • cloistral Secluded; retired.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Cloistral pertaining or confined to a cloister: secluded
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. cloistre (A.S. clauster)—L. claustrumclaudĕre, clausum, to shut.

Usage

In literature:

Here, in this cloistral life, the fearful misfortunes which overwhelmed her for twenty-six years have been brought to a close.
"The Brotherhood of Consolation" by Honore de Balzac
But you have a cloistral disposition; you were born to live in a convent.
"Child of a Century, Complete" by Alfred de Musset
So she loved the cloistral feeling autumn brought with it to Welsley.
"In the Wilderness" by Robert Hichens
Cloistral schools existed before that.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Their existence had a cloistral quality which appealed to something in him.
"The Roll-Call" by Arnold Bennett
Mr. Prohack, despite a cloistral lifetime at the Treasury, recognised her type immediately.
"Mr. Prohack" by E. Arnold Bennett
Only the creepers and the great pileated woodpeckers seemed to inhabit these truly cloistral shades.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
Henceforth this familiar spot, this sad garden, whose cloistral associations charmed him, would be lost to his view.
"His Excellency the Minister" by Jules Claretie
They exhaled a special cloistral odor of their own, as if they had been long imprisoned.
"Aunt Rachel" by David Christie Murray
The lady of the feather boa had evidently taken her departure, and the house had resumed its cloistral silence.
"The Man Who Lost Himself" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
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In poetry:

Sleep, summer wind, whose breathing grows more faint
As night draws slowly nigh;
Cease thy sweet chanting in the cloistral woods
And seem to die.
Sleep — sleep.
"Lullaby Of Life" by Samuel John Stone
Speak not! he is consecrated—-
Breathe no breath across his eyes.
Lifted up and separated,
On the hand of God he lies,
In a sweetness beyond touching—-held in cloistral sanctities.
"A Child Asleep" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
By wintry hills his hermit-mound
The sheeted snow-drifts drape,
And houseless there the snow-bird flits
Beneath the fir-trees' crape:
Glazed now with ice the cloistral vine
That hid the shyest grape.
"Monody" by Herman Melville