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(nŭn, no͞on), in the Bible, father of Joshua.


see monasticismmonasticism
, form of religious life, usually conducted in a community under a common rule. Monastic life is bound by ascetical practices expressed typically in the vows of celibacy, poverty, and obedience, called the evangelical counsels.
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(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Nun is a term used to describe a woman who has professed vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience within the Roman Catholic tradition. Technically it applies to women living in a cloistered community, but it is now often used to refer to religious women active in ministry to the world. The more traditional term for such women is "sister." Orders for women were established by Saints Basil, Benedict, Augustine, and Francis. Today nuns carry out much of the behind-the-scenes work of education and ministering to the sick and needy.

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What does it mean when you dream about a nun?

Graduates of parochial schools have numerous associations with nuns that go beyond the scope of this book. Otherwise, nuns can represent everything from spirituality to religious authority to sexual repression.

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1. a female member of a religious order
2. a variety of domestic fancy pigeon usually having a black-and-white plumage with a ridged peak or cowl of short white feathers


the 14th letter in the Hebrew alphabet (נ or, at the end of a word, ן), transliterated as n
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We believe that there will be a favourable decision from your side because you will understand our situation," the nuns pleaded.
Sister Anupama along with three other nuns, who have been the biggest moral support to the victim and to the key witness, on Saturday told journalists that the Kottayam Superintendent of Police had assured them that the charge sheet would be submitted next week.
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It will not be wrong to say that Catholic nuns have done more than anyone else to advance equity, healthcare, better living standards, education and opportunity.
Magsanoc wrote about the kidnapped nuns: 'But there was one detail that startled the heart: the sisters had asked if they could bring their guitar, and their kidnappers whose identities were unknown at press time, said yes.
Dedicated to God: An Oral History of Cloistered Nuns examines the lives of a group of cloistered women religious, the Poor Clare Colettines, in Rockford, Illinois.
The nun was beatified - the first step to sainthood - in 2003 by Pope John Paul II after the Vatican said an Indian woman's tumor was cured after she prayed to the nun.
The first section demonstrates the great effort that nuns made to educate themselves and develop their institutions into bastions of intellectual learning and production.