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Meaning of ASCETIC

Pronunciation:  u'setik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  practices self denial as spiritual discipline
  2. [adj]  practicing great self-denial; "Be systematically ascetic...do...something for no other reason than that you would rather not do it"- William James; "a desert nomad's austere life"; "a spartan diet"; "a spartan existence"
  3. [adj]  pertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic; "ascetic practices"

ASCETIC is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: abstainer, abstemious, ascetical, ascetical, austere, spartan
 See Also: puritan, religionist, religious person, stylite



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \As*cet"ic\a. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to exercise, to practice
    Extremely rigid in self-denial and devotions; austere;
          The stern ascetic rigor of the Temple discipline. --Sir
                                                   W. Scott.
  2. \As*cet"ic\, 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.
          I am far from commending those ascetics that take up
          their quarters in deserts.               --Norris.
    {Ascetic theology}, the science which treats of the practice
       of the theological and moral virtues, and the counsels of
       perfection. --Am. Cyc.
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