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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Monastery  \Mon"as*te*ry\,  n.;  pl  {Monasteries}.  [L. 
  monasterium  Gr  ?,  fr  ?  a  solitary,  a  monk,  fr  ?  to  be 
  alone,  live  in  solitude,  fr  ?  alone.  Cf  {Minister}.] 
  A  house  of  religious  retirement,  or  of  secusion  from  ordinary 
  temporal  concerns,  especially  for  monks;  --  more  rarely 
  applied  to  such  a  house  for  females. 
  Syn:  Convent;  abbey;  priory.  See  {Cloister}. 

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