Definition of ascetic in English:

ascetic

Syllabification: as·cet·ic
Pronunciation: /əˈsetik
 
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adjective

  • Characterized by or suggesting the practice of severe self-discipline and abstention from all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons: an ascetic life of prayer, fasting, and manual labor a narrow, humorless, ascetic face
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    • Sufism emphasises the more mystical and ascetic aspects of the religion.
    • Yet the texts are firmly part of the later medieval world: the first two come from the writings of visionary women mystics and the last from a rigorously ascetic monastic theologian.
    • True spirituality, or godliness, is found in everyday social relationships as well as in prayer, learning, or ascetic practices.
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Derivatives

ascetically

Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
adverb
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  • She had lived ascetically to the point where she destroyed her fragile mental and physical health.
  • Resigning his see to write, preach, and travel, he lived ascetically in London.
  • Are all men welcome to go there only if they live as monks, sharing the humility and simple lives of the inhabitants, eating, dressing, and living ascetically and piously, etc.?

Origin

mid 17th century: from medieval Latin asceticus or Greek askētikos, from askētēs 'monk', from askein 'to exercise'.

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