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 (sĕn′ə-bīt′, sē′nə-)
Variant of cenobite.


(ˈsiːnəʊˌbaɪt) or


(Ecclesiastical Terms) a member of a religious order following a communal rule of life. Compare eremite
[C17: from Old French or ecclesiastical Latin, from Greek koinobion convent, from koinos common + bios life]
coenobitic, ˌcoenoˈbitical, ˌcenoˈbitic, ˌcenoˈbitical adj


or coe•no•bite

(ˈsi nəˌbaɪt, ˈsɛn ə-)

a member of a religious order living in a convent or community.
[1630–40; < Late Latin coenobīta=coenob- (< Greek koinóbios conventual, living together =koinó(s) common + -bios living, adj. derivative of bíos life) + -īta -ite1]
ce`no•bit′ic (-ˈbɪt ɪk) ce`no•bit′i•cal, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coenobite - a member of a religious order living in commoncoenobite - a member of a religious order living in common
religious - a member of a religious order who is bound by vows of poverty and chastity and obedience
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When reader's of Thoreau's Walden, for instance, read the passage at the beginning of "The Ponds" describing a luckless fisherman as someone who "had concluded commonly, by the time I arrived, that he belonged to the ancient sect of Coenobites," they will almost certainly miss the pun contained in the last word.