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  1. Monks

    A monk (, from Greek: μοναχός, monachos, "single, solitary" via Latin monachus) is a person who practices religious asceticism by monastic living, either alone or with any number of other monks. A monk may be a person who decides to dedicate their life to serving other people and serving God, or to be an ascetic who voluntarily chooses to leave mainstream society and live their life in prayer and contemplation. The concept is ancient and can be seen in many religions and in philosophy. In the Greek language, the term can apply to women, but in modern English it is mainly in use for men. The word nun is typically used for female monastics. Although the term monachos is of Christian origin, in the English language monk tends to be used loosely also for both male and female ascetics from other religious or philosophical backgrounds. However, being generic, it is not interchangeable with terms that denote particular kinds of monk, such as cenobite, hermit, anchorite, hesychast, or solitary. Traditions of Christian monasticism exist in major Christian denominations, with religious orders being present in Catholicism, Lutheranism, Oriental Orthodoxy, Eastern Orthodoxy, Reformed Christianity, Anglicanism and Methodism. Indian religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, also have monastic traditions as well.

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  1. MONKS

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Monks is ranked #12303 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Monks surname appeared 2,527 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Monks.

    89.9% or 2,272 total occurrences were White.
    5% or 128 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 51 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.3% or 33 total occurrences were Black.
    0.9% or 25 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.7% or 18 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Monks in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Monks in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Monks in a Sentence

  1. Lobsang Tayang:

    Nowadays it's very rare to find monks who can remain faithful to their vows.

  2. Fadel Zeidan:

    All the anesthesiologists we’re working with were blown away, for thousands of years, Buddhist monks have said that meditation reduces pain in a unique fashion. With the advent of neuroimaging and pharmacologic studies, only recently have we been able to examine and potentially verify what they’re saying.

  3. Proverb:

    The pope eats peasants, gulps gentlemen, and voids monks.

  4. Proverb:

    Don't make friends with monks and soldiers.

  5. Proverb:

    Have no dealings with monks and priests.

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