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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 ?
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 pleased to think that his shaven face gave him the look of a priest, and in his youth he had possessed an ascetic air which added to the impression.
The three remaining years of his life he spent in the little country parish of Bemerton, just outside of Salisbury, as a fervent High Church minister, or as he preferred to name himself, priest, in the strictest devotion to his professional duties and to the practices of an ascetic piety which to the usual American mind must seem about equally admirable and conventional.
When they had reached the little moonlight glade, having in front the reverend, though ruinous chapel, and the rude hermitage, so well suited to ascetic devotion, Wamba whispered to Gurth,
For all his culture, Cecil was an ascetic at heart, and nothing in his love became him like the leaving of it.
He was a thin-faced ascetic, living in a state of high, attenuated calm--a molten planet under a transcontinental ice sheet.
At times, so tightly did they draw, the mouth became stern and harsh, even ascetic.
And yet there was a certain ascetic lengthening of the lines of his face.
He said I was not fit to teach children, or to be with them: I had already reduced the boy to little better than an automaton; I had broken his fine spirit with my rigid severity; and I should freeze all the sunshine out of his heart, and make him as gloomy an ascetic as myself, if I had the handling of him much longer.
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.
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.