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Ascetic - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'Ascetic' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Ascetic [ a.]
- Extremely rigid in self-denial and devotions; austere; severe.
2 . Ascetic [ n.]
- In the early church, one who devoted himself to a solitary and contemplative life, characterized by devotion, extreme self-denial, and self-mortification; a hermit; a recluse; hence, one who practices extreme rigor and self-denial in religious things.

Meaning of 'Ascetic' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . ascetic [ a]
Meaning (1):
- pertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic or the practice of rigorous self-discipline
Example in sentence:
  • ascetic practices
2 . ascetic [ s]
Meaning (2):
- practicing great self-denial
Example in sentence:
  • a desert nomad's austere life;
  • a spartan diet;
  • a spartan existence;
  • Be systematically for no other reason than that you would rather not do it