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Friday, September 01, 2000

Definitions for ascetic

  1. One who renounces material comforts and practices extreme self-denial, especially as an act of religious devotion.
  2. Pertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic; extremely strict in self-denial; austere; severe.

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Citations for ascetic
Those who practiced the cult of Orpheus banded themselves into ascetic brotherhoods and tried to purify their souls through diet and dress. Peter France, Hermits: The Insights of Solitude
Modern race drivers are, by comparison, an ascetic bunch, largely non-drinkers, definitely non-smokers, who trot off dutifully to bed when they are told. Kevin Eason, Times (London)
Origin of ascetic
Ascetic derives from Greek asketikos, "industrious, athletic," from askesis, "exercise, training," from askein, "to work, to exercise, to train."