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Definitionsomeone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial
severely plain (without decoration)
- Hester sought not to acquire anything beyond a subsistence, of the plainest and most ascetic description, for herself, and a simple abundance for her child.Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (51% in)
ascetic = basic (without luxury — as of someone who practices self-denial)
There are no more uses of "ascetic" in The Scarlet Letter.
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