[ uh-set-ik ]
/ əˈsɛt ɪk /
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a person who dedicates their life to a pursuit of contemplative ideals and practices extreme self-denial or self-mortification for religious reasons.
a person who leads an austerely simple life, especially one who abstains from the normal pleasures of life or denies himself or herself material satisfaction.
(in the early Christian church) a monk; hermit.
adjective Also as·cet·i·cal.
relating to asceticism, the doctrine that one can reach a high spiritual state through the practice of extreme self-denial or self-mortification.
rigorously abstinent; austere: an ascetic existence.
exceedingly strict or severe in religious exercises or self-mortification.
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as·cet·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·as·cet·ic, noun, adjectivenon·as·cet·i·cal, adjectivenon·as·cet·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use ascetic in a sentence
There is nothing more urgent for them to do than to deprive themselves ascetically of all coloristic means of expression.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 1 (of 4)|Richard Muther
Ascetically benevolent were his grey eyes; a pale and ghostly smile played on the curves of his thin lips.The Island Pharisees|John Galsworthy
Irish monasticism was an ascetically ordered continuance of Irish society.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II)|Henry Osborn Taylor
To conclude ascetically is to give up, and not to solve, the problem.The Pocket R.L.S.|Robert Louis Stevenson
"I do not use tobacco nor alcohol in any form," repeated Hotchkiss ascetically.Openings in the Old Trail|Bret Harte
British Dictionary definitions for ascetic
/ (əˈsɛtɪk) /
a person who practises great self-denial and austerities and abstains from worldly comforts and pleasures, esp for religious reasons
(in the early Christian Church) a monk
adjective Also: as'cetical
rigidly abstinent or abstemious; austere
of or relating to ascetics or asceticism
intensely rigorous in religious austerities
Derived forms of asceticascetically, adverb
Word Origin for ascetic
C17: from Greek askētikos, from askētēs, from askein to exercise
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