Definition of cenobitic in US English:


(also coenobitic)


  • See cenobite

    • ‘One response to this is that cenobitic monasticism, western and eastern alike, has always seen the giving of hospitality to pilgrims as an integral part of the monastic vocation.’
    • ‘Their setting appeared solitary but his intentions were coenobitic: he encouraged virtues and practices proper to community life.’
    • ‘This problem gave rise to cenobitic monasticism.’
    • ‘By the fifth century, this form of ‘cenobitic’ monasticism gained a powerful appeal in the west and spread rapidly.’