Definition of monasticism in US English:

monasticism

noun

  • See monastic

    • ‘Rejected by Luther is the idea that some occupations, such as the priesthood or monasticism, are spiritually superior to others, such as parenting.’
    • ‘Benedict is considered the founder of Western monasticism, a man who said prayer comes first and work is then absorbed into prayer and becomes a part of it.’
    • ‘Celtic Christianity in the sixth through tenth centuries was characterized by its extreme asceticism, its love of learning, and its distinctive monasticism.’
    • ‘Is monasticism a purer search for God or only a way of life some people need?’
    • ‘Following closely to this preoccupation with asceticism was monasticism which spread with incredible rapidity.’

Pronunciation

monasticism

/məˈnastəˌsizəm//məˈnæstəˌsɪzəm/