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nun +‎ -ship



nunship (uncountable)

  1. The position or role of a nun.
    • 1853, Pierce Connelly, The Madiai: a Letter to the Right Hon. the Earl of Aberdeen, Etc:
      If any one saith that matrimony contracted but not consummated is not dissolved by the solemn profession of religion (monkship or nunship) of one of the parties, let him be anathema.
    • 1993, Rita M. Gross, Buddhism After Patriarchy:
      Nunship, whether of the Buddhist or the Christian variety, is not the most popular or best understood option for women among contemporary feminists.