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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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Adj.1.cenobitic - of or relating to or befitting cenobites or their practices of communal living
eremitic, eremitical - of or relating to or befitting eremites or their practices of hermitic living; "eremitic austerities"
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He founded the cenobitic community in Pontus before 360 A.
Hanna's frugality earlier in life assumes a complex religious dimension in prison, where she is described as having lived a cenobitic existence, respected as a sage.
Almost 20 years later he and his disciples adopted a cenobitic (communal) rule, and the great monastery that developed became a center of pilgrimage and the spiritual heart of Russian Orthodoxy.
Clark sees the "culture of cenobitic life" envisioned in the Benedictine Rule evolving dynamically, permitting "certain universal values" to coexist with those of "distinct cultural environments" shaped by "gender, economic conditions, or social status" (4, 5).
The tension between attempting to balance the emulation of angelic silence with quotidian necessities meant a parallel evolution of the rudimentary signs used in late antique cenobitic communities towards a much more elaborate system of signs which was in full flower by the late eleventh century.
Despite narrowing his focus to the "Golden Age" of both anchoritic and cenobitic forms of monastic life, H.
14) Seraphim stands out by his willingness to follow the Spirit through regular cenobitic life to a hermit's vocation, to years as a virtual recluse, to an intensely active ministry of healing the distressed and organising the Diveyevo women's communities.
As the style of life at Kellia evolved, towards a more cenobitic form oriented towards the outside world of nearby Christian laity and welcoming visitors, larger spaces were built, and it is here, over and above the individual dwellings with their pious or personal-name graffiti, that many of the most interesting inscriptions were found.