adjective Also as·cet·i·cal.
- asch, sholem,
Origin of ascetic
Examples from the Web for ascetic
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
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.
"I don't pretend to be an ascetic," laughed Grantley, as he stretched his legs out on the leg-rest.Double Harness|Anthony Hope
The ascetic side of it became the cardinal idea of religious virtue in the Middle Ages.Folkways|William Graham Sumner
The weight of authority is for -st´k, though -s´tk would distinguish this word from another word, ascetic, of different meaning.A Manual of Pronunciation|Otis Ashmore
Fenelon the ascetic, he of the subtle intellect and high spiritual quality, had never met a woman on an absolute equality.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13|Elbert Hubbard
The ascetic and monastic life practiced by some Christians of the present day, is of great antiquity.
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.).