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also coen·o·bite  (sĕn′ə-bīt′, sē′nə-)
A member of a convent or other religious community.

[Middle English, from Late Latin coenobīta, from coenobium, convent, from Greek koinobion, from koinobios, living in community : koinos, common; see kom in Indo-European roots + bios, life; see gwei- in Indo-European roots.]

cen′o·bit′ic (-bĭt′ĭk), cen′o·bit′i·cal adj.
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(Ecclesiastical Terms) a variant spelling of coenobite
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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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cenobite - a member of a religious order living in commoncenobite - 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
eremite - a Christian recluse
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References in classic literature ?
And though the cenobite realises his personality, it is often an impoverished personality that he so realises.
father of the cenobite system of monasticism, St Macarius the Great, and
That is to say, for a slave in the desert it is good to live like a hermit; duress from a human master justifies an arrangement of chaste cohabitation; but the example of the ants shows that cenobitism is the best form, and Malchus subsequently risks his and the woman's lives to achieve it--although he is subsequently encountered not as a cenobite but as part of a devout couple, living not in the desert but in the village of Maronias.
Barbie Wilde, an actress who appeared as the Female Cenobite in Hellbound: Hellraiser II, will also be there.
Opera in Concert gave a semi-staged performance of Thais, Massenet's late-Romantic piece about a 4th-century Egyptian courtesan converted by a Cenobite monk (Mar.
Slowly simplicity but not austerity was promoted by St Benedict in the sixth century which unified and codified the cenobite way of life, thus bringing joy and happiness back into the world.
Nothing was ever found from reading the Capua parchment nor did anything result from the magisterial work of Herbert Bloch, Monte Cassino in the Middle Ages, of which in the third volume there are some dependencies of the great cenobite (Bloch, 1986).
This model was developed in Spanish-language regions around 1600, as a new synthesis of rigorously solitary anchorite life with the collective experience of the cenobite tradition, it evolved from medieval experience, permitting the gathering and integration of multiple hermetic units within a single monastic complex, and providing spaces and movement appropriate to rigorously hierarchical practice (Zimmermann 18-20; Recchia 52; Patetta 212 n.
The poet Dafydd ap Gwilym was certainly no cenobite. He was born around 1320 at Brogynin, a plas situated among the western foothills of Pumlumon, and his exquisite cywyddau, with their intertwining themes of love and nature, were a direct product of the mountain environment that was his bro.
Mystical union is at the heart of all religion but Durrell derides not only the more conventional examples--Holy Communion, for example-but ignores the cenobite and anchorite tradition of which Egypt was the birthplace in the Western world.
Why would those responsible for the final shape of the story that purports to record the historical circumstances of a rule standing at the very heart of the early Buddhist cenobite community not just keep to what they had received as 'facts' from their predecessors?
A selection of orientalist standards also made their way into the program, including the poignant, harp-dominated strains of the "Meditation" from Jules Massenet's opera "Tais," which tells the story of an Alexandrian courtesan undergoing conversion by a Cenobite monk.