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[muh-nas-tik] /məˈnæs tɪk/
adjective, Also, monastical
of or relating to monasteries:
a monastic library.
of, relating to, or characteristic of monks or nuns, their manner of life, or their religious obligations:
monastic vows.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a secluded, dedicated, or austere manner of living.
a member of a monastic community or order, especially a monk.
Origin of monastic
late Middle English
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)
Related forms
monastically, adverb
nonmonastic, adjective
nonmonastically, adverb
pseudomonastic, adjective
pseudomonastical, adjective
pseudomonastically, adverb
semimonastic, adjective
unmonastic, adjective
unmonastically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for monastic
  • It was built for the seclusion of monastic life, and it still looks forbidding and unapproachable.
  • And yet, at other moments, the production also captures the music and rhythms of the monastic life with both dignity and poetry.
  • Political training has become a routine, and officially mandatory, feature of monastic life.
  • 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 silence.
  • With monastic diligence, workers sit in book-scanning stations and manually turn pages all day long.
  • The surrounding cliffs were honeycombed with dozens of small caves, dug out either as monastic residences or for rituals.
  • Pleasantly colorful as it is, the robes are reminders of academia's monastic past.
  • Within monastic communities, particular attachments were seen as threats to group cohesion.
  • It could tell us a bit about the movement of materials around the monastic houses.
British Dictionary definitions for monastic


of or relating to monasteries or monks, nuns, etc
resembling this sort of life; reclusive
a person who is committed to this way of life, esp a monk
Derived Forms
monastically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for monastic

mid-15c., from Middle French monastique "monkish, monastic," or directly from Late Latin monasticus, from Ecclesiastical Greek monastikos "solitary, pertaining to a monk," from Greek monazein "to live alone" (see monastery). Related: Monastical (c.1400).

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