Word of the Day – ascetic


ascetic [uhset-ik]

noun
1.

a person who dedicates his or her life to a pursuit of contemplativeideals and practices extreme self-denial or self-mortification forreligious reasons.
2.

a person who leads an austerely simple life, especially one whoabstains from the normal pleasures of life or denies himself or herselfmaterial satisfaction.
3.

(in the early Christian church) a monk; hermit.
adjective, Also, ascetical
4.

relating to asceticism, the doctrine that one can reach a high spiritualstate through the practice of extreme self-denial or self-mortification.
5.

rigorously abstinent; austere:

an ascetic existence.
6.

exceedingly strict or severe in religious exercises or self-mortification.
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