ascetic

Want to live an ascetic lifestyle? Then you better ditch the flat panel TV and fuzzy slippers. To be ascetic, you learn to live without; it's all about self-denial.

Ascetic is derived from the Greek asketes, meaning “monk,” or “hermit.” Later that became asketikos, meaning “rigorously self-disciplined,” which gives us the Modern English ascetic. Ascetic can be a noun: a person with incredible self-discipline and the ability to deprive herself, or an adjective that describes such a people or their lifestyle.

DEFINITIONS OF: ascetic

1

n someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline

Synonyms:
abstainer
Types:
puritan
someone who adheres to strict religious principles; someone opposed to sensual pleasures
stylite
an early Christian ascetic who lived on top of high pillars
Type of:
religious person
a person who manifests devotion to a deity

adj practicing great self-denial

“"Be systematically ascetic...do...something for no other reason than that you would rather not do it"- William James”
Synonyms:
ascetical, austere, spartan
abstemious
sparing in consumption of especially food and drink

adj pertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic or the practice of rigorous self-discipline

ascetic practices”
Synonyms:
ascetical
WORD FAMILY
USAGE EXAMPLES