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Ascetic

As`cet´ic
a.1.Extremely rigid in self-denial and devotions; austere; severe.
The stern ascetic rigor of the Temple discipline.
- Sir W. Scott.
n.1.In the early church, one who devoted himself to a solitary and contemplative life, characterized by devotion, extreme self-denial, and self-mortification; a hermit; a recluse; hence, one who practices extreme rigor and self-denial in religious things.
I am far from commending those ascetics that take up their quarters in deserts.
- Norris.
Ascetic theology
the science which treats of the practice of the theological and moral virtues, and the counsels of perfection.
- Am. Cyc.
Noun1.Asceticascetic - practices self denial as spiritual discipline
Synonyms: abstainer
Adj.1.ascetic - pertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic or the practice of rigorous self-discipline; "ascetic practices"
Synonyms: ascetical
2.ascetic - practicing great self-denial; "Be systematically ascetic...do...something for no other reason than that you would rather not do it"- William James; "a desert nomad's austere life"; "a spartan diet"; "a spartan existence"
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