As ascetic as Aries is, you delight in luxuries now, indulging any urge to splurge.
Not surprisingly, this did not sit well with the ascetic early Christians.
Faith may bolster the ascetic, but boredom wears him down—grime and solitude breed apathy.
An Arab legend has it that the intoxicating effects of hashish were discovered by an ascetic monk in 1155.
Yet he was also a Catholic bishop who died in poverty after giving his money to the poor and devoting himself to an ascetic life.
St. John is the lean prophet of the desert, the ascetic, and the eater of locusts and wild honey.
Here was the pale face of the ascetic, and there the guileless eyes of the saint.
The next Birth Story relates that he was the son of blind, ascetic parents, to whom he acted as a faithful servant.
But the ascetic on the cross is a God for the sick and aged.
Those who saw him pass would have said that there went an ascetic bent on judgment.
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.).