The definition of an ascetic is a person who lives a life of strict self-discipline, contemplation and without pleasures and comforts.(noun)
An example of an ascetic is a monk.
See ascetic in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Gr(Ec) askētikos, austere < Gr, laborious, exercised < askein, to exercise, train (for athletic competition)
Origin: < Gr askētēs, monk, hermit
See ascetic in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Late Greek askētikos
Origin: , from Greek askētēs, practitioner, hermit, monk
Origin: , from askein, to work.
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