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Ascetic

Ascetic Meaning & Definition
Ascetic Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Ascetic?

[n] practices self denial as spiritual discipline
[adj] practicing great self-denial; "Be systematically ascetic...do...something for no other reason than that you would rather not do it"- William James; "a desert nomad's austere life"; "a spartan diet"; "a spartan existence"
[adj] pertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic; "ascetic practices"

Synonyms | Synonyms for Ascetic: abstainer | abstemious | ascetical | ascetical | austere | spartan

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See Also | puritan | religionist | religious person | stylite

Ascetic In Webster's Dictionary

\As*cet"ic\a. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to exercise, to practice gymnastics.] Extremely rigid in self-denial and devotions; austere; severe. The stern ascetic rigor of the Temple discipline. --Sir W. Scott.
\As*cet"ic\, n. In the early church, one who devoted himself to a solitary and contemplative life, characterized by devotion, extreme self-denial, and self-mortification; a hermit; a recluse; hence, one who practices extreme rigor and self-denial in religious things. I am far from commending those ascetics that take up their quarters in deserts. --Norris. {Ascetic theology}, the science which treats of the practice of the theological and moral virtues, and the counsels of perfection. --Am. Cyc.

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