also ascetical adjective Etymology: Greek askētikos, literally, laborious, from askētēs one that exercises, hermit, from askein to work, exercise Date: 1646 1. practicing strict self-denial as a measure of personal and especially spiritual discipline 2. austere in appearance, manner, or attitude Synonyms: see severeascetic nounascetically adverbasceticism noun

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  • ascetic — adj austere, *severe, stern Analogous words: disciplined, trained, schooled (see TEACH): self denying, self abnegating (see corresponding nouns at RENUNCIATION): abstaining or abstinent, forbearing (see corresponding verbs at REFRAIN): abstemious …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ascetic — ASCÉTIC, Ă, ascetici, ce, adj., s.f. 1. adj. Care aparţine ascetului, ascetismului sau ascezei, privitor la ascet, ascetism sau asceză. 2. s.f. Ramură a teologiei care se ocupă cu viaţa şi operele unor asceţi creştini. – Din fr. ascétique. Trimis …   Dicționar Român

  • Ascetic — As*cet ica. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to exercise, to practice gymnastics.] Extremely rigid in self denial and devotions; austere; severe. [1913 Webster] The stern ascetic rigor of the Temple discipline. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ascetic — As*cet ic, n. 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ascetic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ strictly self disciplined and avoiding any sensory pleasures or luxuries. ► NOUN ▪ an ascetic person. DERIVATIVES ascetically adverb asceticism noun. ORIGIN from Greek ask t s monk , from askein …   English terms dictionary

  • ascetic — index dispassionate, harsh, stoical Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • ascetic — [adj] self denying abstaining, abstemious, abstinent, austere, disciplined, puritanical, Spartan, strict; concept 401 …   New thesaurus

  • ascetic — [ə set′ik] adj. [Gr(Ec) askētikos, austere < Gr, laborious, exercised < askein, to exercise, train (for athletic competition)] of or characteristic of ascetics or asceticism; self denying; austere: also ascetical n. [< Gr askētēs, monk,… …   English World dictionary

  • ascetic — [[t]əse̱tɪk[/t]] ascetics ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n An ascetic person has a way of life that is simple and strict, usually because of their religious beliefs. She has never been close to her ascetic, workaholic father. ...priests practising an… …   English dictionary

  • ascetic — {{11}}ascetic (adj.) 1640s, from Gk. asketikos rigorously self disciplined, laborious, from asketes monk, hermit, earlier one who practices an art or trade, from askein to exercise, train, originally to train for athletic competition, practice… …   Etymology dictionary

  • ascetic — as|cet|ic [əˈsetık] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : Greek; Origin: asketikos, from asketes person who exercises, hermit , from askein to work, exercise ] living without any physical pleasures or comforts, especially for religious reasons ▪ an ascetic… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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