What does ascetic mean?

Definitions for ascetic

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ascetic.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abstainer, ascetic(adj)

    someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline

  2. ascetic, ascetical(adj)

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

    "ascetic practices"

  3. 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"


  1. ascetic(Noun)

    One who is devoted to the practice of self-denial, either through seclusion or stringent abstinence.

  2. ascetic(Adjective)

    Of or relating to ascetics; characterized by rigorous self-denial or self-discipline; austere; abstinent; involving a withholding of physical pleasure.

  3. Origin: From ἀσκητικός, from ἀσκητής, from ἀσκέω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ascetic(adj)

    extremely rigid in self-denial and devotions; austere; severe

  2. Ascetic(noun)

    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

  3. Origin: [Gr. , fr. to exercise, to practice gymnastics.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ascetic

    as-set′ik, n. one who rigidly denies himself ordinary sensual gratifications for conscience' sake, one who aims to compass holiness through self-mortification, the flesh being considered as the seat of sin, and therefore to be chastened: a strict hermit.—adjs. Ascet′ic, -al, excessively rigid: austere: recluse.—adv. Ascet′ically.—n. Ascet′icism. [Gr. askētikos (adj. askētēs), one that uses exercises to train himself—askein, to work, take exercise, (eccles.) to mortify the body.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ascetic in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ascetic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Bertrand Russell:

    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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