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Definition of Coenobite

  COENOBITE   noun
A man who piously shuts himself up to meditate upon the sin of wickedness; and to keep it fresh in his mind joins a brotherhood of awful examples.
  O Coenobite, O coenobite,
      Monastical gregarian,
  You differ from the anchorite,
      That solitudinarian:
  With vollied prayers you wound Old Nick;
  With dropping shots he makes him sick.

Quincy Giles

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
?si:n?uba?t n. (US cenobite) a member of a monastic community. °°coenobitic adj. coenobitical adj. [OF cenobite or eccl.L coenobita f. LL coenobium f. Gk koinobion convent f. koinos common + bios life]

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