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A member of a contemplative monastic order founded by reformist Benedictines in France in 1098.

[French Cistertien, from Medieval Latin Cistercium, Cîteaux, a village of eastern France, site of an abbey.]

Cis·ter′cian adj.
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(Roman Catholic Church)
a. Also called: White Monk a member of a Christian order of monks and nuns founded in 1098, which follows an especially strict form of the Benedictine rule
b. (as modifier): a Cistercian monk.
[C17: from French Cistercien, from Medieval Latin Cisterciānus, from Cistercium (modern Cîteaux), original home of the order]
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(sɪˈstɜr ʃən)

1. a member of a Benedictine order of monks and nuns founded in 1098 in France.
2. of or pertaining to the Cistercians.
[1595–1605; < Medieval Latin Cisterciānus= Latin Cisterci(um) place name (now Cîteaux) + -ānus -an1]
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Noun1.Cistercian - member of an order of monks noted for austerity and a vow of silenceCistercian - member of an order of monks noted for austerity and a vow of silence
monastic, monk - a male religious living in a cloister and devoting himself to contemplation and prayer and work
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A. ADJcisterciense
Cistercian OrderOrden f del Císter
B. Ncisterciense m
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[sɪˈstɜːʃən] adj & ncistercense (m)
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It had been a Cistercian Convent in old days, when the Smithfield, which is contiguous to it, was a tournament ground.
He was obviously an ecclesiastic of high rank; his dress was that of a Cistercian Monk, but composed of materials much finer than those which the rule of that order admitted.
They had rambled round by a road which led to the well-known ruins of the Cistercian abbey behind the mill, the latter having, in centuries past, been attached to the monastic establishment.
The Cistercian monks, whose abbey stood there in the thirteenth century, wore no clothes but rough tunics and cowls, and ate no flesh, nor fish, nor eggs.
"Charges brought upon the second Thursday after the Feast of the Assumption, in the year of our Lord thirteen hundred and sixty-six, against brother John, formerly known as Hordle John, or John of Hordle, but now a novice in the holy monastic order of the Cistercians. Read upon the same day at the Abbey of Beaulieu in the presence of the most reverend Abbot Berghersh and of the assembled order.
The aforementioned pre-World War II publication by Ernst Kirsch is on the one hand a valuable source of knowledge about the old holdings, and on the other hand, a point of departure for research into the collection of Cistercian musical materials conducted in recent years.
Irving, TX, January 18, 2018 --( Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) held its first project of the new year on January 15, Martin Luther King Day, collaborating with Cistercian Preparatory High School in Irving for a service project at Senter Park Recreation Center.
Familiar texts are studied: Ancrene Wisse (dated here to the late twelfth century, and seen as a text promoting many Cistercian themes), Richard Rolle's writings (practically all of them, including lesser-studied ones such as Melos Amoris), The Cloud of Unknowing and related texts, Walter Hilton's writings, and the works of Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe.
Which Cistercian abbey in North Yorkshire was closed in 1539 at the Dissolution of the Monasteries?
Historians specializing in the Cistercian order provide background material for the many writings of Aelred, the abbot of Rievaulx Abbey, the most important Cistercian monastery of 12th-century England.
As master of novices for ten years (1955-1965) at the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in Kentucky, Thomas Merton was responsible for the spiritual formation of young men preparing for monastic profession.
The PS4,500 gem-encrusted silver gilt cup was taken just minutes before the Cistercian brothers were due to hold their public Eucharist service at Mount Saint Bernard Abbey, in Leicestershire, on Sunday.