Monasticism Mo*nas"ti*cism, n. The monastic life, system, or condition. --Milman. [1913 Webster]

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  • Monasticism — • The act of dwelling alone (Greek monos, monazein, monachos), has come to denote the mode of life pertaining to persons living in seclusion from the world, under religious vows and subject to a fixed rule, as monks, friars, nuns, or in general… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Monasticism —    Monasticism began in Egypt (q.v.) with the asceticism (q.v.) of third century eremites, also called anchorites (qq.v.), as well as monks (from monachos, a man who has forsaken society to devote himself to God), who lived in cells (q.v.) in the …   Historical dictionary of Byzantium

  • Monasticism — is based on loving to be completely devoted to worship. Monasticism systems: 1 Solitude (Hermits): a monk lives in a cell or cave. 2 Coenobitic discipline where monks live together, participating in some prayers and eat together. 3 Communal Order …   Dictionary of church terms

  • monasticism — 1795, from MONASTIC (Cf. monastic) + ISM (Cf. ism) …   Etymology dictionary

  • monasticism — [mō nas′təsiz΄əm, mə nas′tə siz΄əm] n. the monastic system or way of life …   English World dictionary

  • monasticism — /meuh nas teuh siz euhm/, n. the monastic system, condition, or mode of life. [1785 95; MONASTIC + ISM] * * * Institutionalized religious movement whose members are bound by vows to an ascetic life of prayer, meditation, or good works. Members of …   Universalium

  • Monasticism — Trappist monk praying in his cell. Monasticism (from Greek μοναχός, monachos, derived from Greek monos, alone) is a religious way of life characterized by the practice of renouncing worldly pursuits to fully devote one s self to spiritual work.… …   Wikipedia

  • monasticism — Synonyms and related words: Albigensianism, Catharism, Franciscanism, Sabbatarianism, Trappism, Waldensianism, Yoga, abstinence, anchoritic monasticism, anchoritism, asceticism, austerity, bachelordom, bachelorhood, bachelorism, bachelorship,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • MONASTICISM —    the abandonment of ordinary life and family responsibilities to live in celibate religious communities. The earliest example of monasticism is the Sagha in BUDDHISM from which it spread first into HINDUISM and then CHRISTIANITY …   Concise dictionary of Religion

  • monasticism — monastic ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to monks or nuns or their communities. 2) resembling monks or their way of life, especially in being austere or reclusive. DERIVATIVES monastically adverb monasticism noun …   English terms dictionary

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