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noʊˈvɪʃ i ɪt, -ˌeɪtnovi·tiate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. novitiate, noviciatenoun

    the period during which you are a novice (especially in a religious order)

  2. novitiate, novicenoun

    someone who has entered a religious order but has not taken final vows


  1. novitiatenoun

    the period during which a novice of a religious order undergoes training

  2. novitiatenoun

    the place where a novice lives and studies

  3. novitiatenoun

    a novice

Webster Dictionary

  1. Novitiatenoun

    the state of being a novice; time of initiation or instruction in rudiments

    Etymology: [LL. novitiatus: cf. F. noviciat.]

  2. Novitiatenoun

    hence: Time of probation in a religious house before taking the vows

    Etymology: [LL. novitiatus: cf. F. noviciat.]

  3. Novitiatenoun

    one who is going through a novitiate, or period of probation; a novice

    Etymology: [LL. novitiatus: cf. F. noviciat.]

  4. Novitiatenoun

    the place where novices live or are trained

    Etymology: [LL. novitiatus: cf. F. noviciat.]


  1. Novitiate

    Novitiate, alt. noviciate, is the period of training and preparation that a novice monastic or member of a religious institute undergoes prior to taking vows in order to discern whether he is called to the religious life. A novice is free to quit the novitiate at any time, and the Superior is free to dismiss him or her with or without cause. During the novitiate, the novice often wears clothing that is distinct from secular dress but is not the full habit worn by professed members of the community. The novice's day normally encompasses participation in the full canonical hours, manual labor, and classes designed to instruct novices in the religious life he is preparing to embrace. Spiritual exercises and tests of humility are common features of a novitiate. Many Roman Catholic communities encourage frequent confession and reception of Holy Communion by their novices. A Superior will often appoint an experienced member of the community to oversee the training of novices. This may be a single novice master or mistress who is responsible for the training of all novices; or an individual elder may be appointed for each novice. Different religious communities will have varying requirements for the duration of the novitiate. Often one must complete a postulancy before officially entering the novitiate. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the novitiate is officially set at three years before one may be tonsured a monk or nun, though this requirement may be waived.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of novitiate in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of novitiate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of novitiate in a Sentence

  1. Francis M. Faber Jr.:

    SHOW ME;~ ~ ~ ~ ~ SHOW me a man whom KNOWS NOT, that he KNOWS NOT; He is a novitiate, Inspire him: ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ SHOW me a man whom KNOWS . . . . that he KNOWS NOT; He is a student, Teach him. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ SHOW me a man whom KNOWS that he KNOWS, and KNOWS that he KNOWS that he KNOWS; He is a MASTER, FOLLOW Him! f.m.Faber Jr

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  • noviciatFrench
  • noviziatoItalian
  • послушничество, послушница, послушникRussian

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