monasticism

[muh-nas-tuh-siz-uhm]
noun
the monastic system, condition, or mode of life.

Origin:
1785–95; monastic + -ism

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monasticism (məˈnæstɪˌsɪzəm)
 
n
the monastic system, movement, or way of life

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monasticism
1795, from monastic + -ism.
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