Definitions of ascetic

  1. practices self denial as spiritual discipline
  2. pertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic; " ascetic practices"
  3. 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"
  4. pertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic or the practice of rigorous self- discipline; " ascetic practices"
  5. Extremely rigid in self- denial and devotions; austere; severe.
  6. 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.
  7. Severely self denying; rigid in the exercise of religious duties.
  8. One who gives up the world and devotes himself to religious exercises; one who subjects himself to severe methods of living; a hermit; a recluse.
  9. One rigidly self- denying in religious observances: a strict hermit.
  10. Excessively rigid: austere: recluse.
  12. One who practises rigid self- denial.
  13. Rigorously self- denying.
  14. Practising extreme abstinence; severely self- denying.
  15. One austerely self- denying; a hermit.
  16. Ascetically.
  17. Austerely self- denying and devoted.
  18. One who retires from the world and devotes himself to a life of severe self- denying discipline.
  19. One unduly rigid or austere; one who retires from the world.
  20. Retired from the world; austere.

Usage examples for ascetic

  1. In respect to Mr. O'Connell's general course as a public man, it may be said that he did not belong to the ascetic school of politicians. – Sketches of Reforms and Reformers, of Great Britain and Ireland by Henry B. Stanton
  2. He thought of his ascetic college bed, of the great Christ upon the wall, of the prie- dieu with the great rosary hanging, but in vain; he could not rid his mind of the distasteful feminine influences which had filled the day, and which now haunted the night. – A Mere Accident by George Moore
  3. His devotion to his object is admirable, when he is a genuine ascetic and not, as is generally the case, a good- for- nothing who makes his piety pay for his subsistence; but it is devotion of a very low intellectual order. – Mr. Isaacs by F. Marion Crawford
  4. He was quite bald, too, and his mouth was hard- almost ascetic. – A Woman's Burden by Fergus Hume
  5. The ascetic life, at any rate as represented by the professional ascetics of India, is not held in admiration by the people of the country. – India and the Indians by Edward F. Elwin
  6. Its devotees believe that by certain ascetic practices they can acquire command over elementary matter. – The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wright
  7. Netta's hair was grey; her face was worn and ascetic. – Here and Hereafter by Barry Pain
  8. The Takai drawing- room was delightful, a big, rather empty room, with one or two good reproductions of famous pictures on the walls, heaps of books, and an almost entire absence of ornaments- rather an ascetic room. – Olivia in India by O. Douglas
  9. But the side that was stern and ascetic thrust away the suggestion. – The Guests Of Hercules by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  10. He was no fool, nor was he in the least ascetic. – Gone to Earth by Mary Webb
  11. This Hubilgan was a serious and ascetic man of thirty- two, well educated and deeply learned in Mongol lore. – Beasts, Men and Gods by Ferdinand Ossendowski
  12. In addition, he had come to the dangerous age in the life of a man, especially the ascetic man. – The Rustle of Silk by Cosmo Hamilton
  13. Sour and ascetic as was the mind of that hopeless and disappointed man, he felt somewhat of a kindred glow at the pervading and holy enthusiasm of the patriot to whom he had listened; and though it was the character of his own philosophy to question the purity of human motives, and to smile at the more vivid emotions he had ceased to feel, he bowed his soul in homage to those principles whose sanctity he acknowledged, and to that devotion of zeal and fervour with which their defender cherished and enforced them. – Falkland, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  14. If all the inhabitants of a village were humble, simple, spiritually minded people, ascetic in life, with a strong sense of beauty and quality, then a village church might have a tranquil and inspiring influence. – The Silent Isle by Arthur Christopher Benson
  15. They were wonderful hands, denoting artistic temperament, but with fingers too pliant, too delicately slender for ascetic life. – The Higher Court by Mary Stewart Daggett
  16. There are among them gentlemen of blameless life and even of ascetic practices, but it is commonly reported that, as a whole, they are of inferior birth and education. – Spanish Life in Town and Country by L. Higgin and Eugène E. Street
  17. Nothing could be less like than he was to the grave, thin, stooping ascetic in a long coat, that she had expected. – The Clever Woman of the Family by Charlotte M. Yonge
  18. I am still a Samana, he thought, I am still an ascetic and beggar. – Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
  19. Are the forms around thee, ascetic and lifeless, fairer to thine eyes than mine? – Leila or, The Siege of Granada, Book V. by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  20. After sunset your song wore a tune of ascetic grey, and then came night. – The Fugitive by Rabindranath Tagore