- The definition of an ascetic is a person who lives a life of strict self-discipline, contemplation and without pleasures and comforts.
An example of an ascetic is a monk.
A monk is an ascetic.
Origin of asceticEcclesiastical Greek askētikos, austere ; from Classical Greek laborious, exercised ; from askein, to exercise, train (for athletic competition)
- a person who leads a life of contemplation and rigorous self-denial for religious purposes
- anyone who lives with strict self-discipline and without the usual pleasures and comforts
Origin of ascetic< Gr askētēs, monk, hermit
Origin of asceticLate Greek askētikos, from Greek askētēs, practitioner, hermit, monk, from askein, to work.
(comparative more ascetic, superlative most ascetic)
From Ancient Greek ἀσκητικός (askētikos), from ἀσκητής (askētēs, “monk, hermit”), from ἀσκέω (askeō, “I exercise”).