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someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline
pertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic or the practice of rigorous self-discipline
ascetic, ascetical, austere, spartan(adj)
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"
One who is devoted to the practice of self-denial, either through seclusion or stringent abstinence.
Of or relating to ascetics; characterized by rigorous self-denial or self-discipline; austere; abstinent; involving a withholding of physical pleasure.
Origin: From ἀσκητικός, from ἀσκητής, from ἀσκέω.
extremely rigid in self-denial and devotions; austere; severe
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
Origin: [Gr. , fr. to exercise, to practice gymnastics.]
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Religions, which condemn the pleasures of sense, drive men to seek the pleasures of power. Throughout history power has been the vice of the ascetic.
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