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cloister -- religious sense
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religious sense Define
residence that is a place of religious seclusion (such as a monastery); or the act of entering into such a residence
  • He withdrew from the world and spent many hours in contemplation in a Benedictine cloister.
  • He lives as a simple priest in a small stone cloister.
  • This day my sister should the cloister enter,
    Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • ...they have abandoned the joy of the world and the love of women for the painful austerities of the cloister.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Moon and Sixpence

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  • A hive suggests cloister more than bordello.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • A cloister is closed to the outside world, Adam.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • The clink of glasses and the slap of hands on the bars issued from saloons, cloisters of glazed glass and dirty yellow light.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
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architectural sense Define
a covered walkway and the courtyard it surrounds with an open colonnade on one side of the walkway and the perimeter building walls on the other side -- especially as an area of quiet contemplation on religious grounds
religious sense Define
residence that is a place of religious seclusion (such as a monastery); or the act of entering into such a residence
as in: cloister ourselves away Define
seclude from the world (kept separate from the world)
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