adjective \ə-ˈse-tik, a-\

: relating to or having a strict and simple way of living that avoids physical pleasure

Full Definition of ASCETIC

:  practicing strict self-denial as a measure of personal and especially spiritual discipline
:  austere in appearance, manner, or attitude
ascetic noun
as·cet·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
as·cet·i·cism \-ˈse-tə-ˌsi-zəm\ noun

Variants of ASCETIC

as·cet·ic also as·cet·i·cal \ə-ˈse-ti-kəl\

Examples of ASCETIC

  1. an ascetic diet of rice and beans
  2. Patterson's collection begins on the walls of the stairway to his basement. That's where Cindy draws the line. That's probably a real good idea, he says. Mattsson, ascetic for a bachelor, imposes the same rule on himself. LeBeau, who has never been married, is much less restrained. —Tom Harpole, Air & Space, December 1999/January 2000

Origin of ASCETIC

Greek askētikos, literally, laborious, from askētēs one that exercises, hermit, from askein to work, exercise
First Known Use: 1646


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