Associations to the word «Ascetic»


ASCETIC, adjective. Of or relating to ascetics; characterized by rigorous self-denial or self-discipline; austere; abstinent; involving a withholding of physical pleasure.
ASCETIC, noun. One who is devoted to the practice of self-denial, either through seclusion or stringent abstinence.

Dictionary definition

ASCETIC, noun. Someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline.
ASCETIC, adjective. Pertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic or the practice of rigorous self-discipline; "ascetic practices".
ASCETIC, adjective. Practicing great self-denial; "Be systematically 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".

Wise words

To use the same words is not a sufficient guarantee of understanding; one must use the same words for the same genus of inward experience; ultimately one must have one's experiences in common.
Friedrich Nietzsche