ascetic


ascetic
{{11}}ascetic (adj.) 1640s, from Gk. 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."
{{12}}ascetic (n.) "one of the early Christians who retired to the desert to live solitary lives of meditation and prayer," 1670s, from ASCETIC (Cf. ascetic) (adj.).

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  • ascetic — adj austere, *severe, stern Analogous words: disciplined, trained, schooled (see TEACH): self denying, self abnegating (see corresponding nouns at RENUNCIATION): abstaining or abstinent, forbearing (see corresponding verbs at REFRAIN): abstemious …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ascetic — ASCÉTIC, Ă, ascetici, ce, adj., s.f. 1. adj. Care aparţine ascetului, ascetismului sau ascezei, privitor la ascet, ascetism sau asceză. 2. s.f. Ramură a teologiei care se ocupă cu viaţa şi operele unor asceţi creştini. – Din fr. ascétique. Trimis …   Dicționar Român

  • Ascetic — As*cet ica. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to exercise, to practice gymnastics.] Extremely rigid in self denial and devotions; austere; severe. [1913 Webster] The stern ascetic rigor of the Temple discipline. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ascetic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ strictly self disciplined and avoiding any sensory pleasures or luxuries. ► NOUN ▪ an ascetic person. DERIVATIVES ascetically adverb asceticism noun. ORIGIN from Greek ask t s monk , from askein …   English terms dictionary

  • ascetic — index dispassionate, harsh, stoical Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • ascetic — [adj] self denying abstaining, abstemious, abstinent, austere, disciplined, puritanical, Spartan, strict; concept 401 …   New thesaurus

  • ascetic — [ə set′ik] adj. [Gr(Ec) askētikos, austere < Gr, laborious, exercised < askein, to exercise, train (for athletic competition)] of or characteristic of ascetics or asceticism; self denying; austere: also ascetical n. [< Gr askētēs, monk,… …   English World dictionary

  • ascetic — [[t]əse̱tɪk[/t]] ascetics ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n An ascetic person has a way of life that is simple and strict, usually because of their religious beliefs. She has never been close to her ascetic, workaholic father. ...priests practising an… …   English dictionary

  • ascetic — as|cet|ic [əˈsetık] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : Greek; Origin: asketikos, from asketes person who exercises, hermit , from askein to work, exercise ] living without any physical pleasures or comforts, especially for religious reasons ▪ an ascetic… …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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