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By now, everyone who’s ever seen a Paul Schrader movie knows that he favors deep moral explorations, and often writes characters who are obsessed with routines and rituals, ascetics for better or worse.Oscar Isaac Smolders in the Pensive Romantic Thriller The Card Counter|Stephanie Zacharek|September 2, 2021|Time
In that distorted state, it felt good to deprive myself, as if it were some ascetic form of self-mastery.How Nature Helped Me Recover from an Eating Disorder|Kate Siber|March 25, 2021|Outside Online
I thought that I’d wind up among the “enlightened,” a digital ascetic who prioritized attentiveness above all else.
Having carefully set up the circumstances of his narrative within a viscerally realistic place and time, he lets it all unfold with an almost ascetic sparseness of dialogue.Winslet, Ronan have seaside rendezvous in ‘Ammonite’|John Paul King|December 11, 2020|Washington Blade
Not surprisingly, this did not sit well with the ascetic early Christians.
Soyinka is a food and wine enthusiast, but he also sinks easily into a kind of ascetic mode and fasts regularly.Nigeria’s Larger-Than-Life Nobel Laureate Chronicles a Fascinating Life|Chimamanda Adichie|August 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
An Arab legend has it that the intoxicating effects of hashish were discovered by an ascetic monk in 1155.
Maybe this is better than self-denying ascetic teenage subculture anarchism.
He works around an impossibly long and lean ideal, but never allows his work to grow ascetic and cold.
His cowl was thrown back, revealing his pale, ascetic countenance and shaven head.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
Take him in repose, and he looked a lank ascetic who dreamed of a happy land where flagellation was a joy and pain a panacea.You Never Know Your Luck, Complete|Gilbert Parker
In appearance, Terry was an ill-adjusted compromise between an ascetic and a young man about town.Mushroom Town|Oliver Onions
The Nazarenes are archological and ascetic; the Dsseldorf school is insipid in a modern way, feeble, colourless, and sentimental.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 1 (of 4)|Richard Muther
His philosophy had made him neither an ascetic nor an anchorite.Mary Wollstonecraft|Elizabeth Robins Pennell