Monastic means like in a monastery. So what is it like in a monastery? Well, it's solitary, somewhat isolated, plain, and disciplined. If you take monastic vows, you promise to live this way.

Being monastic might sound like a strange or a hard thing to be, but you can compare it to student life very well. Both monks and students spend a lot of time studying books. Monks like quiet, and students need quiet to get work done. Monks live in a community devoted to religion, and students study in a community devoted to learning. The stereotypical party lifestyle of a student isn't very monastic though.

Definitions of monastic
  1. adjective
    of communal life sequestered from the world under religious vows
    synonyms: cloistered, cloistral, conventual, monastical
    not concerned with the temporal world or swayed by mundane considerations
  2. adjective
    resembling life in a monastery, as by being austere or solitary
  3. noun
    a male religious living in a cloister and devoting himself to contemplation and prayer and work
    synonyms: monk
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    Roger Bacon
    English scientist and Franciscan monk who stressed the importance of experimentation; first showed that air is required for combustion and first used lenses to correct vision (1220-1292)
    Saint Benedict
    Italian monk who founded the Benedictine order about 540 (480-547)
    Gregor Mendel
    Augustinian monk and botanist whose experiments in breeding garden peas led to his eventual recognition as founder of the science of genetics (1822-1884)
    a British or Irish monk who denied the doctrines of original sin and predestination and defended human goodness and free will; his views were declared heretical by the Council of Ephesus in 431 (circa 360-418)
    (Roman Catholic Church) a title given to a monk and used as form of address
    a member of the Carthusian order
    Cistercian, Trappist
    member of an order of monks noted for austerity and a vow of silence
    type of:
    a member of a religious order who is bound by vows of poverty and chastity and obedience
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