monastic monastic  /mə ˈnæ stɪk/


  1. (n) a male religious living in a cloister and devoting himself to contemplation and prayer and work
  2. (adj) of communal life sequestered from the world under religious vows


  1. Then there is another monastic office.
  2. From the monastic rooms of world's first campuses to today's luxury residence halls, PTI examines the ever-changing ways that students live.
  3. Patience is one of the characteristics of monastic life, but even the patience of the brothers was being tested by our slow Internet.


  • Why Jenny McCarthy's New TV Gig is So Unsettling

    Best as I can tell, most of the internet has denounced ABC's decision to hire Jenny McCarthy as a cohost of The View, a popular daytime talk show on American television. The uproar, in case you just returned from a week-long, off-the-grid monastic retreat, owes to McCarthy's role as a prominent spokesperson for the anti-vaccine movement. As Salon laments, She devotes a great deal of energy to ...
    on July 17, 2013     Source: Discover


  1. "I love making my own records, but the way I make my own records is sort of ascetic and monastic," Moby says. "I have a little studio, I go in there by myself, it's a very solipsistic process. It never gets loud. So I love going into a crummy...
    on Jul 5, 2010 By: Moby Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. "As we say in the monastic life, it's the magnum silencium - the great silence," said Frank Keating, president of the American Council of Life Insurers, which lobbied last fall to make sure its members would have access to the TARP if they...
    on Feb 26, 2009 By: Frank Keating Source: New York Times

  3. "I bet there are wealthy, busy people who would pay money to live in a monastic setting," Stephenson said, suggesting that the process of writing - and reading - his extravagant books is a bit like donning habits inside high walls.
    on Sep 26, 2008 By: Neal Stephenson Source: Houston Chronicle

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