Definition of monastic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//məˈnæstɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈnæstɪk//
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  1. 1connected with monks or monasteries a monastic community monastic lands
  2. 2(of a way of life) simple and quiet and possibly celibate synonym ascetic He leads a monastic life with very little contact with other people.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (referring to a religious person living alone): from late Latin monasticus, from Greek monastikos, from monazein ‘live alone’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: monastic