adjective Also mo·nas·ti·cal.

  1. of or relating to monasteries: a monastic library.
  2. of, relating to, or characteristic of monks or nuns, their manner of life, or their religious obligations: monastic vows.
  3. of, relating to, or characteristic of a secluded, dedicated, or austere manner of living.


  1. a member of a monastic community or order, especially a monk.

adjective monastical

  1. of or relating to monasteries or monks, nuns, etc
  2. resembling this sort of life; reclusive


  1. a person who is committed to this way of life, esp a monk

adj.mid-15c., from Middle French monastique “monkish, monastic,” or directly from Late Latin monasticus, from Ecclesiastical Greek monastikos “solitary, pertaining to a monk,” from Greek monazein “to live alone” (see monastery). Related: Monastical (c.1400).

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