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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ascetic  \As*cet"ic\a.  [Gr.  ?,  fr  ?  to  exercise,  to  practice 
  gymnastics.] 
  Extremely  rigid  in  self-denial  and  devotions;  austere; 
  severe. 
 
  The  stern  ascetic  rigor  of  the  Temple  discipline.  --Sir 
  W.  Scott. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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  in 
  religious  things 
 
  I  am  far  from  commending  those  ascetics  that  take  up 
  their  quarters  in  deserts.  --Norris. 
 
  {Ascetic  theology},  the  science  which  treats  of  the  practice 
  of  the  theological  and  moral  virtues,  and  the  counsels  of 
  perfection.  --Am.  Cyc. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ascetic 
  adj  1:  pertaining  to  or  characteristic  of  an  ascetic;  "ascetic 
  practices"  [syn:  {ascetical}] 
  2:  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" 
  [syn:  {ascetical},  {austere},  {spartan}] 
  n  :  practices  self  denial  as  spiritual  discipline  [syn:  {abstainer}] 




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