What does the word ascetic mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • One austerely self- denying; a hermit.

  • Part of speech: adverb

  • Ascetically.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Practising extreme abstinence; severely self- denying.

Usage examples for ascetic

  1. Occasionally, expressions which were in vogue and which had only recently been invented, expressions only known among worldly people, would slip into his spiritual consultations and had the same effect as extracts from a newspaper in an ascetic book. – Renée Mauperin by Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt
  2. His face looked curiously ascetic and thin, but the smile in his keen eyes was genial. – The Mistress of Bonaventure by Harold Bindloss
  3. Its temper should thus be both social and ascetic. – The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day by Evelyn Underhill