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as·cet·ic

 (ə-sĕt′ĭk)
n.
A person who renounces material comforts and leads a life of austere self-discipline, especially as an act of religious devotion.
adj.
Relating to, characteristic of, or leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial, especially for spiritual improvement. See Synonyms at severe.

[Late Greek askētikos, from Greek askētēs, practitioner, hermit, monk, from askein, to work.]

as·cet′i·cal·ly adv.

ascetic

(əˈsɛtɪk)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a person who practises great self-denial and austerities and abstains from worldly comforts and pleasures, esp for religious reasons
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (in the early Christian Church) a monk
adj
3. rigidly abstinent or abstemious; austere
4. (Ecclesiastical Terms) of or relating to ascetics or asceticism
5. (Ecclesiastical Terms) intensely rigorous in religious austerities
[C17: from Greek askētikos, from askētēs, from askein to exercise]
asˈcetically adv

as•cet•ic

(əˈsɛt ɪk)

n.
1. a person who practices self-denial and self-mortification for religious reasons.
2. a person who leads an austerely simple, nonmaterialist life.
3. (in the early Christian church) a monk; hermit.
adj.
4. pertaining to asceticism.
5. rigorously abstinent; austere.
6. very strict or severe in religious exercises or self-mortification.
Also, as•cet′i•cal.
[1640–50; < Greek askētikós <askēt(ḗs) person practiced in an art]
as•cet′i•cal•ly, adv.
as•cet′i•cism, n.

ascetic

- Pronounced uh-SET-ik, it is derived from Greek asketes, "monk, hermit."
See also related terms for monk.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ascetic - someone who practices self denial as a spiritual disciplineascetic - someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline
religious person - a person who manifests devotion to a deity
puritan - someone who adheres to strict religious principles; someone opposed to sensual pleasures
stylite - an early Christian ascetic who lived on top of high pillars
Adj.1.ascetic - pertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic or the practice of rigorous self-discipline; "ascetic practices"
2.ascetic - practicing great self-denialascetic - 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"
abstemious - sparing in consumption of especially food and drink; "the pleasures of the table, never of much consequence to one naturally abstemious"- John Galsworthy

ascetic

noun
1. recluse, monk, nun, abstainer, hermit, anchorite, self-denier He left the luxuries of court for a life as an ascetic.
recluse hedonist, sensualist, voluptuary
Translations
زاهِد، ناسِكشَخْص زاهِد
asketaasketický
asket
aszkéta
meinlæta-meinlætamaîur
asketasasketiškaiasketiškasasketizmas
askētisksaskēts
askétaasketický
bütün dünya zevklerinden el çekmişkendini manevî hayata adamış kimsemünzevî

ascetic

[əˈsetɪk]
A. ADJascético
B. Nasceta mf

ascetic

[əˈsɛtɪk] adj [ideal, life] → ascétique

ascetic

adjasketisch
nAsket m; she’s something of an asceticsie lebt ziemlich asketisch

ascetic

[əˈsɛtɪk]
1. adjascetico/a
2. nasceta m

ascetic

(əˈsetik) adjective
avoiding pleasure and comfort, especially for religious reasons. Monks lead ascetic lives.
noun
an ascetic person.
aˈscetically adverb
aˈsceticism (-sizəm) noun
References in classic literature ?
There were two new hotels-- one a "Temperance House," whose ascetic quality was confined only to the abnegation of whiskey--a rival stage office, and a small one-storied building, from which the "Sierran Banner" fluttered weekly, for "ten dollars a year, in advance.
Hester sought not to acquire anything beyond a subsistence, of the plainest and most ascetic description, for herself, and a simple abundance for her child.
There was something ascetic in her look, which was augmented by the extreme plainness of a straight-skirted, black, stuff dress, a starched linen collar, hair combed away from the temples, and the nun-like ornament of a string of ebony beads and a crucifix.
The features expressed nothing of monastic austerity, or of ascetic privations; on the contrary, it was a bold bluff countenance, with broad black eyebrows, a well-turned forehead, and cheeks as round and vermilion as those of a trumpeter, from which descended a long and curly black beard.
Before a caress has had time to cool, a strenuous revulsion seizes me: I long to return to my old lonely ascetic hermit life; to my dry books; my Socialist propagandism; my voyage of discovery through the wilderness of thought.
He had therefore flung himself into the path, long since abandoned, which anchorites once followed in order to reach heaven: he led an ascetic life without proclaiming it, and without external credit.
Naseby defending the Church of England in a volley of oaths, or supporting ascetic morals with an enthusiasm not entirely innocent of port wine.
He was a man about twenty-two or twenty-three years old, but who appeared much older from ascetic exercises.
The Seeker - he who had invited the lama to that haven from far- away Tibet, a silver-faced, hairless ascetic -took no part in it, but meditated, as always, alone among the images.
I lied to the dear man, simply because I couldn't bear the idea of him being deprived of the only gratification his big, ascetic, gaunt body ever knew on earth.
Professor Challenger's beard may be more shaggy, Professor Summerlee's features more ascetic, Lord John Roxton's figure more gaunt, and all three may be burned to a darker tint than when they left our shores, but each appeared to be in most excellent health.
With its rope and tassel and his pale, thin, refined face, it made him look like an old ascetic monk.