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Friday, October 24, 2014

cloister

\KLOI-ster\ , verb;
1.
to confine in retirement; seclude.
2.
to confine in a monastery or convent.
3.
to furnish with a cloister or covered walk.
4.
to convert into a monastery or convent.
noun:
1.
a covered walk, especially in a religious institution, having an open arcade or colonnade usually opening onto a courtyard.
2.
a place of religious seclusion, as a monastery or convent.
3.
any quiet, secluded place.
Quotes:
That's when I began to cloister myself, when I saw her strength, her determination to pull me out of my brooding.
-- Manil Suri, The City of Devi, 2013
Was it right to cloister himself on this mountain?
-- Tami Hoag, Dark Paradise, 1994
Origin:
Cloister comes from an Anglo-French blend of cloison, meaning "partition," and clostre, from the Late Latin word meaning "enclosed place."
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