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What does "Ascetic" mean?


(a.) Extremely rigid in self-denial and devotions; austere; severe (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

Synonyms austere, abstemious, spartan, abstainer, ascetical

Example: "Ascetic practices" Example: "Be systematically for no other reason than that you would rather not do it- William James"

Word Family ascetically, asceticism