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 for coenobite
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  coenobite \coenobite\, Coenobite \C[oe]n"o*bite\(? or ?), n.
     a member of a religious order living in common. Same as
     [1913 Webster] coenobitic

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a member of a religious order living in common [syn:
           cenobite, coenobite] [ant: eremite]

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  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,
          Monastical gregarian,
      You differ from the anchorite,
          That solitudinarian:
      With vollied prayers you wound Old Nick;
      With dropping shots he makes him sick.
                                                            Quincy Giles

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