Monastic Vows

Traditional vows of obedience, poverty, and celibacy made by the monks or the nuns.


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  • monastic — /məˈnæstɪk / (say muh nastik) adjective Also, monastical. 1. of or relating to monasteries: monastic architecture. 2. of, relating to, or characteristic of monks, or other persons living in seclusion from the world under religious vows: monastic… …   Australian English dictionary

  • monastic — monastically, adv. /meuh nas tik/, adj. Also, monastical. 1. of or pertaining to monasteries: a monastic library. 2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of monks or nuns, their manner of life, or their religious obligations: monastic vows. 3. of …   Universalium

  • monastic — mo•nas•tic [[t]məˈnæs tɪk[/t]] adj. Also, mo•nas′ti•cal. 1) rel of or pertaining to monks, nuns, or monasteries: monastic vows 2) rel of or resembling the secluded, dedicated, or austere life characteristic of a monastery 3) rel a member of a… …   From formal English to slang

  • Monastic sign languages — monastic sign Signed in Europe Native signers (not a primary language)  (date missing) Language family (sign lexicons) Dialects Anglo Saxon Augustinian Benedictine …   Wikipedia

  • Monastic silence — Zoroastrian Towers of Silence outside Yazd, Yazd province, Iran …   Wikipedia

  • vows — a set of such promises committing one to a prescribed role or course of action, especially marriage or a monastic career. → vow …   English new terms dictionary

  • Religious vows — are the public vows made by the members of religious communities pertaining to their conduct, practices and views. In the Buddhist tradition, in particular within the Mahayana and Vajrayana tradition, many different kinds of religious vows are… …   Wikipedia

  • Monk — For other uses, see Monk (disambiguation). St. Anthony the Great, considered the Father of Christian Monasticism A monk (from Greek: μοναχός, monachos, single, solitary [1]) is a person who practices religious asceticism, living either alone or… …   Wikipedia

  • 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

  • Roman Catholicism — the faith, practice, and system of government of the Roman Catholic Church. [1815 25] * * * Largest single Christian denomination in the world, with some one billion members, or about 18% of the world s population. The Roman Catholic church has… …   Universalium

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