Definition of monachal in English:



  • Relating to or characteristic of a monk; monastic.

    ‘the monachal orders of the Roman Church’
    • ‘Indiscreet and precarious tonsures have both dishonored the monachal habit and caused the name of Christ to be blasphemed.’
    • ‘In Measure for Measure an examination of sexuality implies a searching and sympathetic depiction of the monachal orders.’
    • ‘The two brands of monasticism differed in their attitude toward the state, and toward the question of monachal property.’
    • ‘Jerome seems to have had the monacal feelings which led him wholly to avoid the society of women.’
    • ‘Under every creed, monachal austerity and seclusion had been attempted.’
    cloistered, conventual, cloistral, claustral, canonical, monastical
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Late 16th century: from Old French monacal or ecclesiastical Latin monachalis, from Latin monachus ‘monk’.