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Definition of "monastery" []

  • A community of persons, especially monks, bound by vows to a religious life and often living in partial or complete seclusion. (noun)
  • The dwelling place of such a community. (noun)
  • The residence of a religious community, esp of monks, living in seclusion from secular society and bound by religious vows (noun)

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Use "monastery" in a sentence
  • "Originally the term monastery designated, both in the East and in the West, the dwelling either of a solitary or of a community; while caenobium, congregatio, fraternitas, asceterion, etc. were applied solely to the houses of communities."
  • ""The film does not depict a monastery, but it transforms itself into a monastery, because a monastery is a place where, through the rhythm of time, which is very strict, and through [the monks '] confinement, the spiritual space is opened up for them.""
  • "You may think that living in a monastery is a sweet life."