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Monday, July 21, 2003

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
1640-1650
Ascetic derives from Greek asketikos, "industrious, athletic," from askesis, "exercise, training," from askein, "to work, to exercise, to train."