V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (n.) a person who practices self-denial; (adj.) practicing abstinence
Synonyms: (n.) abstainer, hermit, puritan, (adj.) abstinent, abstemious, austere, restrained, severe
Antonyms: (n.) hedonist, (adj.) self-indulgent, sensuous
Tips: Ascetic is derived from the Greek asketes, "monk or hermit." Monks and nuns are often referred to as ascetics, and the word ascetic is most often used when talking about those who are highly religious.
Sarah is ascetic in her lifestyle; she doesn't allow herself any luxuries, and her home is very simple and plain. (austere, restrained) adjective
Medieval ascetics believed that attachment to earthly possessions was sinful. (abstainers, monks) noun
Lara decided to leave the church when the ascetic lifestyle became too severe for her. (abstemious, restrained) adjective
The spiritual leader professed that an ascetic lifestyle would bring one closer to God. (restrained, severe) adjective
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