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a Tibetan monk wearing an orange robe
  a male member of a religious order typically living under vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience
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monk monks
Strongly Associated with:   monastery
Sometimes called "a monastic."
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  • a Tibetan monk wearing an orange robe
  • a Catholic monk leading a life of austerity
  • The Buddhist monk was arrested after advocating cultural autonomy in Tibet.
  • The monks bowed and moved out of the pagoda into the bright morning sunlight.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried

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  • "But God’s will be done," the monk said.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • Astonished, as if he had been the object of a magic spell, the monk looked into the ferryman’s eyes.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • the monk raised his hands above my head, and his eyes toward the blue sky, and began some words in Latin;
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • And this was terrible, for their words had great influence on young monks who were not yet firm in their convictions.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Not a wail or a whimper, which is strange, since that Catcher of Ghosts turned out to be a fake, not a monk at all.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • He was dressed as a monk.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato

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  • In order to do that, we’d have to break down and talk about things that were more significant than font size in online newspapers and his fevered delusions about his time studying telekinesis with a group of monks in a Himalayan ice cave.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • That actor was white, and that character was a monk.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • If not for the monks, everything the world had ever learned would have been lost.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Italian monks who became enamoured of certain aunts would return to Italy to discard their robes and return to find the women already married.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Yours, Dad (Mike Monk)
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • When he’d checked the doors of the Monk Building at noon, they were locked.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Tom and Monk started surfing together as little kids, around age thirteen and fourteen, in the summer of 1962.
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer
  • Learning happens on backless benches, at wooden tables grooved by the boredom of countless boys before them—squires, monks, conscripts, cadets.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Now he makes me sound like some sort of monk, and I don’t think I like that any better.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • She had been conscious for a long time of the paleness of her skin, but on this morning a glance in the bathroom mirror truly horrified her, brought her close to panic: her face was as devoid of any of the animating pink of life as those bleached skulls of ancient monks she recalled from the underground sepulcher of an Italian church.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Or I paint in egg tempera, the technique of monks.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The remains of five thousand monks were used to build the Chapel of Bones.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • "I said I was a virgin, not a monk," he said, kissing me again.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • We’d drowse off in each other’s arms, listening to music from my iPod (Thelonious Monk, the Velvet Underground, music my mother had liked) and sometimes wake clutching each other like castaways or much younger children.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • The cot in his jail cell wasn’t fit for a monk.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • I think the Brits kicked out the monks, as they were wont, then, as they were wont, the Cromwellians did the rest and sacked the place.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • He called out to his fellow monks, ’Come quickly: I am tasting the stars.’
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • There was a general who did not believe, and said, ’The monks cheat,’ and as soon as he’d said it he went blind.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He did not look like an artist, he looked like the quarry worker, like a wrecker demolishing walls, and like a monk.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The kind of luck I have, I’d probably join one with all the wrong kind of monks in it.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • It was also one of the revered Buddhist religious sites, dating back to the second century and once home to hundreds of monks and many monasteries.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • The clothes he’d been wearing earlier were flung across the covers, but the rest of the room was neat as a monk’s chamber.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • The sandstone cliffs were home to Buddhist monks who carved caves in them to use as living quarters and as sanctuary for weary traveling pilgrims.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • What looked like a fat little monk was saying: "Forgive and forget, I say, we ought to give him a second chance —"
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • A tall monk passed, his face buried entirely inside a coarse gray cowl, even the eyes hidden.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The old monks of Dunfermline were very fond of them.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I determined to wall it up in the cellar—as the monks of the middle ages are recorded to have walled up their victims.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • For some reason they’re always way better fighters than monks who can see.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Carlo lived and tutored with the monks.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The parachute-lights soar upwards—and I see a picture, a summer evening, I am in the cathedral cloister and look at the tall rose trees that bloom in the middle of the little cloister garden where the monks lie buried.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The monks arrived as early as the fifth and sixth centuriesA.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • As far as she knew, the monks had worked at desks with sloping tops in the scriptoria of their monasteries, but she kept this information to herself.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • By this poor monk— A simple fool who knows not what he bears— I send this missive to apprise your ear.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Crouching in the shadows of the choir balcony high above the altar, Sister Sandrine peered silently through the balustrade at the cloaked monk kneeling alone.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • "Farewell!" cried the knight, popping his head into a painting of some sinister-looking monks.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • At the denunciating sound, the monks would be rendered aware that temptation was besieging a brother, and all the community would go to prayers.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • They had cloaks, with hoods lowered before their eyes, made of the same cut as those of the monks in Cluny.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Knights and ladies, elves and pages, monks and flower girls, all mingled gaily in the dance.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • For you, one may say, all the attractions of life _nihil est_—you are an ascetic, a monk, a hermit!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • In her youth, in ’93, she had married a monk who had fled from his cloister in a red cap, and passed from the Bernardines to the Jacobins.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
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