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Definition of ascetic adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

ascetic

 adjective
adjective
NAmE//əˈsɛt̮ɪk//
 
[usually before noun]
 
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not allowing yourself physical pleasures, especially for religious reasons; related to a simple and strict way of living The monks lived a very ascetic life. Living hidden away in the mountains suited his ascetic character.
ascetic noun
 
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monks, hermits, and ascetics
NAmE//əˈsɛt̮əˌsɪzəm//
 
noun [uncountable] a life of private prayer and asceticism