Faith may bolster the ascetic, but boredom wears him down—grime and solitude breed apathy.
As ascetic as Aries is, you delight in luxuries now, indulging any urge to splurge.
He may not be gregarious but Petraeus wields a bony and ascetic charm which he combines with practical intelligence.
Not surprisingly, this did not sit well with the ascetic early Christians.
But Murnighan is no ascetic, no geek, and no fat Ivory Tower man of letters, either.
St. John is the lean prophet of the desert, the ascetic, and the eater of locusts and wild honey.
They have set aside the old ideas of male dominion and of ascetic purity.
The next Birth Story relates that he was the son of blind, ascetic parents, to whom he acted as a faithful servant.
And yet she was no slave to the ascetic side of Christianity.
Those who saw him pass would have said that there went an ascetic bent on judgment.
1640s, from Greek asketikos "rigorously self-disciplined, laborious," from asketes "monk, hermit," earlier "one who practices an art or trade," from askein "to exercise, train," originally "to train for athletic competition, practice gymnastics, exercise."
"one of the early Christians who retired to the desert to live solitary lives of meditation and prayer," 1670s, from ascetic (adj.).