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[Medieval Latin monachismus, from Late Greek monakhismos, from monakhos, monk; see monk.]
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the religious and work activities of a monk; monasticism. — monachist, monachal, adj.
See also: Monks and Nuns
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An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man; as, Monachism, of the Hermit Antony; the Reformation, of Luther; Quakerism, of Fox; Methodism, of Wesley; Abolition, of Clarkson.
A statement attributed to Abu Bakr al-Siddiq employs the word 'uzla as a synonym for monachism: "As for those who exited their hermitages (sawami') and did not remain steadfast (lam yasbiru) in 'uzla ..." (21) In the ensuing discussion of this report, al-Hakim al-Tirmidhi (ca.