ascetic

[ uh-set-ik ]
/ əˈsɛt ɪk /
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noun

a person who dedicates his or her 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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Origin of ascetic

First recorded in 1640–50; from Greek askētikós “subject to rigorous exercise, hardworking,” equivalent to askē- (see ascesis) + -tikos adjective suffix; see -tic

OTHER WORDS FROM ascetic

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ascetic

acetic, aesthetic, ascetic
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British Dictionary definitions for ascetic

ascetic
/ (əˈsɛtɪk) /

noun

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 ascetic

ascetically, adverb

Word Origin for ascetic

C17: from Greek askētikos, from askētēs, from askein to exercise
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