What is another word for convents?

Pronunciation: [kˈɒnvənts] (IPA)

Convents are religious communities of women who have taken vows to live a holy life and follow certain rules. Synonyms for this word include nunnery, abbey, monastery, cloister, religious house, and conventicle. Nunnery emphasizes the role of the female religious community, while Abbey and Monastery often refer to a larger complex that houses both male and female religious communities. Cloister refers to the physical space of the convent and emphasizes the separation from the outside world. Religious house can refer to any place where religious communities live, while conventicle refers to a small group of devout people who gather to worship or pray together.

What are the hypernyms for Convents?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

Usage examples for Convents

The holy bread in the mass was baked in the convents and churches by the priests or monks with much ceremony.
"England in the Days of Old"
William Andrews
You know, it's no good girls running away; they always get caught, and then they put them into convents or something.
"The Literary Sense"
E. Nesbit
Three of our own most celebrated convents, those of Chester, Ely, and St. Edmund's Bury, received at different epochs their abbots from Bec; and during the prelacy of Anselm, the supreme pontiff himself selected a monk of this house as the prior of the distant convent of the holy Savior at Capua.
"Account of a Tour in Normandy, Vol. II. (of 2)"
Dawson Turner

Famous quotes with Convents

  • There ain't any news in being good. You might write the doings of all the convents of the world on the back of a postage stamp, and have room to spare.
    Finley Peter Dunne
  • The total institutions of our society can be linked in five rough groupings. First, there are institutions established to care for persons felt to be both incapable and harmless; these are the homes for the blind, the aged, the orphaned, and the indigent. Second, there are places established to care for persons felt to be incapable of looking after themselves and a threat to the community, albeit an unintended one: TB sanitaria, mental hospitals, and leprosaria. A third type of total institution is organised to protect the community against what are felt to be intentional dangers to it, with the welfare of the persons thus sequestered not the immediate issue: jails, penitentiaries, P.O.W. camps, and concentration camps. Fourth, there are institutions purportedly established the better to pursue some work-like tasks and justifying themselves only on these instrumental grounds: army barracks, ships, boarding schools, work camps, colonial compounds, and large mansions from the point of view of those who live in the servants' quarters. Finally, there are those establishments designed as retreats from the world even while often serving also as training stations for the religious; examples are abbeys, monasteries, convents, and other cloisters.
    Erving Goffman
  • Isn't the very fact that convents exist dazzling evidence enough of the presence of the Spirit, unsatisfactory and odd as their inmates often are?
    Ida Friederike Görres
  • In the late Middle Ages there were, no doubt, many persons in monasteries and convents who had no business there and should have been out in the world earning an honest living, but today it may very well be that there are many persons trying to earn a living in the world and driven by failure into mental homes whose true home would be the cloister.
    W. H. Auden
  • The heart of the great dispensation of Jesus has survived not necessarily in any temporal power of an outer institution, but in those great devotees and saints whose protracted devotions and meditations established within them temples of Christ Consciousness and God-communion... It is such saints and masters who have actually communed with God — those known to history as well as countless anonymous true souls devoted to Christ, hidden in monasteries and convents in wholehearted consecration — who have verily been the "rock" on which Jesus' inner church of Christ communion has endured these two thousand years.
    Paramahansa Yogananda

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