- 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.
Origin: Ecclesiastical 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: < Gr askētēs, monk, hermit
- ascetically adverb
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- Leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial, especially for spiritual improvement. See Synonyms at severe.
- Pertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic; self-denying and austere: an ascetic existence.
Origin: Late Greek askētikos, from Greek askētēs, practitioner, hermit, monk, from askein, to work.
- as·cetˈi·cal·ly adverb