Word of the Day – ascetic

ascetic [uhset-ik]


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

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

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

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

rigorously abstinent; austere:

an ascetic existence.

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

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