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Adjective: ascetic  u'se-tik
  1. Practising great self-denial
    "Be systematically for no other reason than that you would rather not do it";
    - ascetical, austere, spartan
  2. Pertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic or the practice of rigorous self-discipline
    "ascetic practices";
    - ascetical
Noun: ascetic  u'se-tik
  1. Someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline
    - abstainer

Derived forms: ascetics

See also: abstemious

Type of: religious person

Encyclopedia: Ascetic