a person who dedicates his or her life to a pursuit of contemplative ideals and practices extreme self-denial or self-mortification for religious reasons.
a person who leads an austerely simple life, especially one who abstains from the normal pleasures of life or denies himself or herself material satisfaction.
(in the early Christian church) a monk; hermit.
relating to , the doctrine that one can reach a high spiritual state through the practice of extreme self-denial or self-mortification.
rigorously abstinent; austere:
an ascetic existence.
exceedingly strict or severe in religious exercises or self-mortification.
His mouth was ascetically thin-lipped, but firm and clean cut.
The Vintage Edward Frederic Benson
And so those who are ascetically disposed, if not in their life, in their tastes, condemn Renoir as pretty and sentimental.
The London Mercury, Vol. I, Nos. 1-6, November 1919 to April 1920 Various
“I do not use tobacco nor alcohol in any form,” repeated Hotchkiss ascetically.
Openings in the Old Trail Bret Harte
Irish monasticism was an ascetically ordered continuance of Irish society.
The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II) Henry Osborn Taylor
ascetically benevolent were his grey eyes; a pale and ghostly smile played on the curves of his thin lips.
The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
a person who practises great self-denial and austerities and abstains from worldly comforts and pleasures, esp for religious reasons
(in the early Christian Church) a monk
rigidly abstinent or abstemious; austere
of or relating to ascetics or asceticism
intensely rigorous in religious austerities
1640s, from Greek 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 gymnastics, exercise.”
“one of the early Christians who retired to the desert to live solitary lives of meditation and prayer,” 1670s, from ascetic (adj.).
the manner of life, practices, or principles of an . the doctrine that a person can attain a high spiritual and moral state by practicing self-denial, self-mortification, and the like. rigorous self-denial; extreme abstinence; austerity. Contemporary Examples Both shared an asceticism and intellectualism, encouraged by the Jesuits. Jerry Brown’s Castro Trouble A. L. Bardach October […]
noun asceticism; the condition or practice of self-denial Examples The Buddha tried ascetism for six years before looking for another path to enlightenment. Historical Examples There is no trace of ascetism in their strong, well-developed figures, and in their faces no suggestion of an unhealthy pietism. The Madonna in Art Estelle M. Hurll Their flesh-pots […]
Sholom [shaw-luh m] /ˈʃɔ ləm/ (Show IPA), or Sholem [shaw-luh m,, -lem] /ˈʃɔ ləm,, -lɛm/ (Show IPA), 1880–1957, U.S. author, born in Poland. Contemporary Examples Attempts to reach lawyers for Asch and Meltz were unsuccessful on Thursday. The Cannibal Cop’s Social Network: Are More Plotting Attacks on Women? David Freedlander April 18, 2013 Van Ronk […]
noun a city in Germany, on the River Main in Bavaria: seat of the Imperial Diet (1447); ceded to Bavaria in 1814. Pop: 68 607 (2003 est) Historical Examples We could see the trains which ran on the main line from Hanau to aschaffenburg. Three Times and Out Nellie L. McClung Tell him he is […]
Roger, 1515–68, English scholar and writer: tutor of Queen Elizabeth I. Historical Examples Ascham often refers to his illustrious pupil in claiming merit for his system. History of Education Levi Seeley Lady Jane, however, had been left at home, and Ascham went in to see her. Queen Elizabeth Jacob Abbott Ascham had died in 1568; […]