- a member of a monastic community
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
COENOBITE, n. 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,
You differ from the anchorite,
With vollied prayers you wound Old Nick;
With dropping shots he makes him sick.
- 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
Cœn"o*bite (? or ?), n.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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