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ascetic

[uh-set-ik] /əˈsɛt ɪk/
noun
1.
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.
2.
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.
3.
(in the early Christian church) a monk; hermit.
adjective, Also, ascetical
4.
pertaining to asceticism.
5.
rigorously abstinent; austere:
an ascetic existence.
6.
exceedingly strict or severe in religious exercises or self-mortification.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < Greek askētikós subject to rigorous exercise, hardworking, equivalent to askē- (see askesis) + -tikos -tic
Related forms
ascetically, adverb
nonascetic, noun, adjective
nonascetical, adjective
nonascetically, adverb
preascetic, adjective
pseudoascetic, adjective
pseudoascetical, adjective
pseudoascetically, adverb
unascetic, adjective
unascetically, adverb
Can be confused
acetic, aesthetic, ascetic.
Synonyms
3. anchorite, recluse; cenobite. 5. strict, frugal, plain. 6. fanatic.
Antonyms
5. self-indulgent.
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Examples for ascetics
  • If the rich don't indulge themselves more than the rest of us, they're saints, ascetics or fools.
  • He said that it was half-diets that produced ascetics and people who spend all their time in meditation.
British Dictionary definitions for ascetics

ascetic

/əˈsɛtɪk/
noun
1.
a person who practises great self-denial and austerities and abstains from worldly comforts and pleasures, esp for religious reasons
2.
(in the early Christian Church) a monk
adjective
3.
rigidly abstinent or abstemious; austere
4.
of or relating to ascetics or asceticism
5.
intensely rigorous in religious austerities
Derived Forms
ascetically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Greek askētikos, from askētēs, from askein to exercise
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Word Origin and History for ascetics
ascetic
1640s, from Gk. asketikos "rigorously self-disciplined," from asketes "monk, hermit," from askein "to exercise, train," originally "to train for athletic competition, practice gymnastics, exercise." The noun meaning "one of the early Christians who retired to the desert to live solitary lives of meditation and prayer" is from 1670s.
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