from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A community of persons, especially monks, bound by vows to a religious life and often living in partial or complete seclusion.
- n. The dwelling place of such a community.
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- n. Place of residence for members of a religious community (especially monks).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A house of religious retirement, or of secusion from ordinary temporal concerns, especially for monks; -- more rarely applied to such a house for females.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A house or other place of residence occupied in common by persons seeking religious seclusion from the world: commonly applied to such a house exclusively used by monks.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the residence of a religious community
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.
The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church received with astonishment and regret news about brutal violence toward patients of the substance abuse in monastery Crna Reka in the Rasko-Prizrenska Eparchy.
The monastery is one of the country's oldest and most prominent monasteries and is a major tourist attraction.
Gormley visited the Shaolin monastery and the small living areas of the monks, as well as dwellings of factory workers that he saw there, reminded him of shelving, or coffins.
“Mr. Burman,” Father Boniface said, “to answer your question, this monastery is two hundred years old, but a mere infant compared to the ones in Europe.”
Then the monastery is infused with the sounds of the women's spirituality.
When Adelheid of Gotteszell wrestled with the devil during her prayers in the dormitory, she was tortured and thrown from side-to-side, her outbursts were heard by the entire monastery from the dormitory to the refectory. 146
The former monastery is now the Museum of Viceregal Art, a treasure trove of secret passages, cells, catacombs, sundials, enormous water tanks, chapels, corridors and doorways, together with magnificent pieces of religious art of all kinds.