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That was the effect of my cloistered life, but I had no feeling of fear.

The home, cloistered off, exclusive, can hardly be said to exist.

How cloistered and constitutionally sequestered from the market and from scandal!

After his death her first impulse was to take the vows of a cloistered nun.

But I have concluded that such a motive for cloistered life is a cowardly one.

She sewed a great deal, she since has told me, there in the cloistered dimness.

These books had made the girl discontented with her cloistered life.

While still a child, his father had cloistered him in the college of Torchi in the University.

It is a cloistered belief, and suffers from want of ventilation.

If she be not cloistered, I will have a glimpse at her; so here goes.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., from Old French cloistre "monastery, convent; enclosure" (12c., Modern French cloître), from Medieval Latin claustrum "portion of monastery closed off to laity," from Latin claustrum (usually in plural, claustra) "place shut in, enclosure; bar, bolt, means of shutting in," from past participle stem of claudere (see close (v.)).

"The original purpose of cloisters was to afford a place in which the monks could take exercise and recreation" [Century Dictionary]. Spelling in French influenced by cloison "partition." Old English had clustor, clauster in the sense "prison, lock, barrier," directly from Latin, and cf. from the same source Dutch klooster, German Kloster, Polish klasztor.

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