monkery

monkery

[muhng-kuh-ree]
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:
1530–40; monk + -ery

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monkery (ˈmʌŋkərɪ)
 
n , pl -eries
1.  monastic life or practices
2.  a monastery or monks collectively

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