Ascetic

Definition of Ascetic

As`cet´ic
a.1.Extremely rigid in self-denial and devotions; austere; severe.
The stern ascetic rigor of the Temple discipline.
- Sir W. Scott.
n.1.In the early church, one who devoted himself to a solitary and contemplative life, characterized by devotion, extreme self-denial, and self-mortification; a hermit; a recluse; hence, one who practices extreme rigor and self-denial in religious things.
I am far from commending those ascetics that take up their quarters in deserts.
- Norris.
Ascetic theology
the science which treats of the practice of the theological and moral virtues, and the counsels of perfection.
- Am. Cyc.

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