adjective Also as·cet·i·cal.
Origin of ascetic
Synonyms for ascetic
Antonyms for ascetic
Related Words for asceticaustere, disciplined, spartan, abstinent, abstemious, puritanical, strict, abstaining
Examples from the Web for ascetic
Contemporary Examples of ascetic
Not surprisingly, this did not sit well with the ascetic early Christians.Meet Krampus, the Seriously Bad Santa
December 5, 2014
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
August 9, 2014
An Arab legend has it that the intoxicating effects of hashish were discovered by an ascetic monk in 1155.The Chronic Chronicles: A History of Pot
July 6, 2014
Faith may bolster the ascetic, but boredom wears him down—grime and solitude breed apathy.A Book About Boredom Is Anything But
June 20, 2011
As ascetic as Aries is, you delight in luxuries now, indulging any urge to splurge.Zodiac Beast: April 24-30
Starsky + Cox
April 23, 2011
Historical Examples of ascetic
Saint and sinner, ascetic and worldling, united in its practice.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Such are the advantages of the ascetic life, and of such ascetics the Kingdom of Heaven.The Book of Khalid
No ascetic monk, no curled cavalier, looks down from the pedestal.
Here was the pale face of the ascetic, and there the guileless eyes of the saint.The Christian
But the ascetic on the cross is a God for the sick and aged.The Great Hunger
adjective Also: as'cetical
Word Origin for ascetic
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.).