cenobite

See also: cénobite

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Old French cenobite or Ecclesiastical Latin coenobīta, from coenobium, from Ancient Greek κοινόβιον (koinóbion, community life, convent), from κοινός (koinós, common) + βίος (bíos, life).

PronunciationEdit

  • enPR: sĕnʹə-bīt', sēʹnə-
  • IPA(key): /ˈsiːnəbaɪt/

NounEdit

cenobite (plural cenobites)

  1. A new or recent member of a Greek monastic religious order; a caloyer.
    • 1980, Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers, page 418:
      Lamprecht knew very well how the war was going and was perfunctory in his rounding up of Jews and cenobites.
  2. A monk who lives in a religious community, rather than in solitude.
  3. (fiction) A torturous demon creature made famous by the Hellraiser series.

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NounEdit

cenobite m (oblique plural cenobites, nominative singular cenobites, nominative plural cenobite)

  1. cenobite (monk who lives in a religious community, rather than in solitude)

DescendantsEdit

  • English: cenobite
  • French: cénobite