Usage examples for ascetic

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. He was quite bald, too, and his mouth was hard- almost ascetic. – A Woman's Burden by Fergus Hume
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. After sunset your song wore a tune of ascetic grey, and then came night. – The Fugitive by Rabindranath Tagore
  12. Netta's hair was grey; her face was worn and ascetic. – Here and Hereafter by Barry Pain
  13. He was no fool, nor was he in the least ascetic. – Gone to Earth by Mary Webb
  14. I am still a Samana, he thought, I am still an ascetic and beggar. – Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Its devotees believe that by certain ascetic practices they can acquire command over elementary matter. – The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wright
  18. But the side that was stern and ascetic thrust away the suggestion. – The Guests Of Hercules by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  19. 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