[ UK /ɐsˈɛtɪk/ ]
[ US /əˈsɛtɪk/ ]
  1. practicing great self-denial
    a spartan existence
    a desert nomad's austere life
    Be systematically for no other reason than that you would rather not do it
    a spartan diet
  2. pertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic or the practice of rigorous self-discipline
    ascetic practices
  1. someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline
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How To Use ascetic In A Sentence

  • Across the cleric's ascetic features a happy smile slowly and conqueringly spread. Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, 192-06-30
  • The program started off ascetically with "Six Studies in English Folksong" which the program warned us were "very melancholic," continued with a song cycle for violin and tenor called "Along the Field" to poems by A.E. Houseman, and finished off the first half with insanely Pre-Raphaelite lushness to a song cycle set to Dante Gabriel Rosetti poems called "The House of Life. Thomas Glenn Sings Vaughan Williams
  • Orphaned and blinded from childhood, he became an ascetic freethinker and materialist.
  • Ascetic structuralism was a major line of enquiry in the London-based structural movement.
  • The people communicate with him by way of ascetic disciplines on certain sacred mountains.
  • But ascetics, nuns, and unordained members of religious associations of men were not originally in the ranks of the clergy, and, strictly speaking, are not so even to-day, though, on account of their closer and more special dependence on ecclesiastical authority, they have long been included under the title clergy in its wider sense (see RELIGIOUS). The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent
  • When you read the complete stories of the lives of these saints and shift your focus from the gruesome details of their martyrdoms and extreme ascetical practices, you might meet people who can teach you about being who you are. Rev. James Martin, S.J.: The Saints Were as Strange as You Are - And You Can Be as Holy as They Were
  • However, even the wisdom of a political boss is not infallible, and despite the succulent graces of the barbecue numbers of the ascetic and jeans-clad elder worthies, though fed to repletion, collogued unhappily together among the ox-teams and canvas-hooded wagons on the slope, commenting sourly on the frivolity of the dance. Una Of The Hill Country 1911
  • He formed an order of ascetics devoted to develop a sense of community with the help of religious injunctions and instructions.
  • He balances imaginative contemplation of Christ's Passion with calls to ascetic efforts, regarding each as balancing and correcting the dangers of the other.
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