V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, adjective

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.

Usage Examples:

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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