• WordNet 3.6
    • adj monastic of communal life sequestered from the world under religious vows
    • n monastic a male religious living in a cloister and devoting himself to contemplation and prayer and work
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The monastic hours are matins, lauds, prime, tierce, sext, nones, vespers and compline.
    • n Monastic A monk.
    • Monastic Of or pertaining to monasteries, or to their occupants, rules, etc., as, monastic institutions or rules.
    • Monastic Secluded from temporal concerns and devoted to religion; recluse. "A life monastic ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • monastic Pertaining to or characteristic of monks or nuns; ascetic: as, monastic life, vows, or practices.
    • monastic Adapted to or suitable for monks or nuns; of ascetic character or use: as, monastic buildings or architecture; monastic seclusion.
    • monastic An epithet noting a style of book-decoration in which medieval forms of compact ornament are strongly stamped on the sides or back of the book without any use of gold-leaf.
    • monastic an abbot who was also a bishop; or.
    • monastic a monk consecrated bishop, resident in a monastery, and exercising his office in confirmations, ordinations, etc., but without jurisdiction.
    • n monastic A monk; a religious recluse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Monastic pertaining to monasteries, monks, and nuns: recluse: solitary
    • n Monastic a monk
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. monk: cf. F. monastique,. See Monastery
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. monasterium—Gr. monastērionmonastēs, a monk—monos, alone.


In literature:

Bishop Bale has told the sad story of the destruction of the monastic libraries.
"The Great Book-Collectors" by Charles Isaac Elton and Mary Augusta Elton
Before this, it too was used as a word to describe monastic orders.
"Stories That Words Tell Us" by Elizabeth O'Neill
Here Roger took off his monastic garb, and clad himself in armour such as was worn by the garrison of Alnwick.
"Both Sides the Border" by G. A. Henty
The monastic church in general style is Early English, and is fairly preserved.
"The Sunny Side of Ireland" by John O'Mahony and R. Lloyd Praeger
In these institutions the boys were drilled in monastic discipline.
"By Right of Conquest" by G. A. Henty
In what way were these monastic libraries fitted up?
"Libraries in the Medieval and Renaissance Periods" by J. W. Clark
It occupies the place of the passage known as the slype in monastic churches.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Exeter" by Percy Addleshaw
Among these safeguards of monastic peace was included the removal of all anxieties concerning material well-being.
"Mediaeval Socialism" by Bede Jarrett
At the same time, I contemplated a monastic house there.
"Apologia pro Vita Sua" by John Henry Newman
The monastic system held the body a vile thing, and believed that to develop and train it was beneath the dignity of the spiritually elect.
"The Joyful Heart" by Robert Haven Schauffler

In poetry:

Self-exiled by yet sterner fate
Than erst, he would from wandering cease,
And, ringing at monastic gate,
Plead, ``I am one who craves for peace.''
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Amid the ruins of monastic gloom,
Where Nore's meand'ring waters wind along,
Genius and Wealth have rais'd the tasteful dome,
Yet not alone for Fashion's brilliant throng;—
"Lines Written At Kilkenny, On The Theatricals Of That City" by Sir John Carr
Turn from the path, if search of gay delight,
Lead thy vain footsteps back to ages past !
Frail are the blighted flowers, and thinly cast
O'er the dim regions of monastic night.
"Prologue" by Anne Bannerman
I see the taper-stars, the altars gay;
And those who crouch and pray;
The white-robed crowd in close monastic stole,
Who hither fled the world
To find the world again within the soul.
"At Fountains" by Francis Turner Palgrave
The conqueror's arch, the temple's dome,
Of pagan and of Christian Rome,
Thy kindling spirit taught to swell;
And many a tall monastic pile,
Still frowning o'er our fathers' Isle,
Of thy past inspirations tell.
"Hymns and Odes for Charity Occasions IX" by John Pierpont

In news:

This is a stunningly good album: monastically intricate, but also a rousing head-shaker, it's even danceable, I give it a 96.
Shane Claiborne, an activist who lives in a "new monastic" community in inner-city Philadelphia.
The Monastery of the Holy Spirit 's Monastic Heritage Center features new and historic buildings arranged around a central courtyard.
Join Martha Manikas-Foster as she explores the ways the monks at the Abbey of the Genesee in Piffard, New York and Mount Saviour Monastery in Pine City, New York are handling the impact of the Information Age on monastic life.
Fremont home to Buddhist women's monastic residence.
Earlier this year, Fremont became the home of the first monastic residence in the Bay Area solely dedicated to Southern Buddhist women when Dhammadharini Vihara opened its doors on August 21.
Monastic Choir of the Abbey of St Peter, Solesmes.
The monastic complex of Ta Prohm, a mystic hideout where jungle meets temple and massive tree roots intertwine with stone walls at the Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia.
The medieval Ambronay Abbey, which still has a whiff of the monastic lifestyle, tucked away from urban hustle and bustle, is the site of the annual Ambronay music festival.
With The Row Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have transcended their celebrity youth to become serious designers with an eye for nearly monastic classicism that's redefining American luxury.
The book, "Everyday Saints," offers a lively look at monastic life, beginning with Father Tikhon's baptism at age 24 in 1982.
Crichlow said the original impetus behind last year's first fall festival was to draw people to the new Monastic Heritage Center which features museums, a gift shop, a bonsai and garden center, and cafe.
While the Nine Men's Misery is a highlight, he says the monk's old pear orchard behind the library, the foundation of a pumphouse, and the open field are ready instances of the monastic life here.
Dall'Oglio was seeking a monastic life and he got permission from the local church authorities to rebuild and revive this monastery .
I began to sense that these monastic women had something to teach me that I couldn't find in the self-help books promising married, professional women like me that we can have it all.