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Definition of "cloistered" [clois•tered]

  • Dwelling or raised in, or as if in, cloisters; solitary. (adjective)
  • Isolated, protected, hidden away for the sake of maintaining innocence (adjective)
  • Naive, lacking in worldliness (adjective)
  • Furnished with cloisters. (adjective)
  • Simple past tense and past participle of cloister. (verb) : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "cloistered" in a sentence
  • "Skeptics said the initial aid sums -- as well as Bush's decision at first to remain cloistered on his Texas ranch for the Christmas holiday rather than speak in person about the tragedy -- showed scant appreciation for the magnitude of suffering and for the rescue and rebuilding work facing such nations as Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and Indonesia."
  • "There are some who imagine that this way of discerning the will of God is impracticable for persons in the world, and that it is only out of the world, as they call the cloistered life, that one can have recourse to it."
  • "5The proscription against women talking found fertile ground in cloistered life because silence was one essential element of the monastic environment. 11 The absence of sound was an important monastic practice and the presence of silence accentuated the sounds that did exist."