Definition of ascetic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈsetɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈsetɪk//
[usually before noun] Religious people
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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. See related entries: Religious people Word Originmid 17th cent.: from medieval Latin asceticus or Greek askētikos, from askētēs ‘monk’, from askein ‘to exercise’.

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