adjective Also, monastical.
of or pertaining to monasteries: a monastic library.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of monks or nuns, their manner of life, or their religious obligations: monastic vows.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a secluded, dedicated, or austere manner of living.
a member of a monastic community or order, especially a monk.

1400–50; late Middle English monastik < Late Latin monasticus < Late Greek monastikós, equivalent to monas- (verbid stem of monázein to be alone; see mon-) + -ikos -ic, with -t- by analogy with derivatives of agent nouns in -tēs (cf. athlete, athletic)

monastically, adverb
nonmonastic, adjective
nonmonastically, adverb
pseudomonastic, adjective
pseudomonastical, adjective
pseudomonastically, adverb
semimonastic, adjective
unmonastic, adjective
unmonastically, adverb Unabridged
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monastic (məˈnæstɪk)
1.  of or relating to monasteries or monks, nuns, etc
2.  resembling this sort of life; reclusive
3.  a person who is committed to this way of life, esp a monk

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Word Origin & History

c.1449, from M.Fr. monastique, from L.L. monasticus, from Late Gk. monastikos "solitary, pertaining to a monk," from Gk. monazein "to live alone."
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Example sentences
It was built for the seclusion of monastic life, and it still looks forbidding
  and unapproachable.
When the monastic community here makes a decision about materials, they think
  about the long term.
The resulting travel experience often involves great distance and monastic
With monastic diligence, workers sit in book-scanning stations and manually
  turn pages all day long.
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