adjective Also mo·nas·ti·cal.
- of or relating to monasteries: a monastic library.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of monks or nuns, their manner of life, or their religious obligations: monastic vows.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of a secluded, dedicated, or austere manner of living.
- a member of a monastic community or order, especially a monk.
- of or relating to monasteries or monks, nuns, etc
- resembling this sort of life; reclusive
- 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).