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monkery

[muhng-kuh-ree] /ˈmʌŋ kə ri/
noun, plural monkeries.
1.
the mode of life, behavior, etc., of monks; monastic life.
2.
a monastery.
3.
monkeries, Disparaging. the practices, beliefs, etc., of monks.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; monk + -ery
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British Dictionary definitions for monkery

monkery

/ˈmʌŋkərɪ/
noun (derogatory) (pl) -eries
1.
monastic life or practices
2.
a monastery or monks collectively
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