a) <!? the practices of monks; the way of life, behavior, etc. characteristic of monks; monastic life

Even such monkery was confined entirely to the laity; the clergy having cures in villages or in towns, and being therefore precluded from monastic sequestrations. In time, however, monkery found its way among the clergy, [...]

A different form of reaction was that of the monks, who aspired to resuscitate what they supposed to be the true Christian spirit in alliance with the Church. But monkery was after all only an intensified Church within the Church, exhibiting the peculiar vices as well as advantages of ecclesiastical discipline [...]

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  • Monkery — Monk er*y, n.; pl. {Monkeries}. 1. The life of monks; monastic life; monastic usage or customs; now usually applied by way of reproach. [1913 Webster] Miters, and wretched dead medi[ae]val monkeries. Carlyle. [1913 Webster] 2. A collective body… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • monkery — [muŋ′kər ē] n. pl. monkeries 1. a) the way of life, condition, behavior, etc. of monks b) [pl.] monastic practices or beliefs 2. a monastery: A hostile term …   English World dictionary

  • monkery — noun (plural eries) Date: circa 1536 1. monastic life or practice ; monasticism 2. a monastic house ; monastery …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • monkery — /mung keuh ree/, n., pl. monkeries. 1. the mode of life, behavior, etc., of monks; monastic life. 2. a monastery. 3. monkeries, Disparaging. the practices, beliefs, etc., of monks. [1530 40; MONK + ERY] * * * …   Universalium

  • monkery — monks in general; monasticism; behaviour of monks Ecclesiastical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • monkery — n. monks in general; behavior of monks; monasticism, life of monks …   English contemporary dictionary

  • monkery — n. Monachism, monasticism …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • monkery — monk·ery …   English syllables

  • monkery — monk•er•y [[t]ˈmʌŋ kə ri[/t]] n. pl. er•ies 1) rel the mode of life of monks; monastic life 2) rel monastery • Etymology: 1530–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • monkery — /ˈmʌŋkəri/ (say mungkuhree) noun (plural monkeries) 1. the way of life, behaviour, etc., of monks. 2. (derogatory) the practices, beliefs, etc., of monks …  

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