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Definition someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

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severely plain (without decoration)
  • The ascetic life has been more pronounced in Hinduism and Buddhism than in other major religions.
ascetic = the practice of self-denial
  • Most religions have or have had traces of asceticism in order to achieve a spiritual goal.
  • asceticism = belief in the benefits of self-denial
  • He was systematically ascetic. He would do something for no other reason than that he would rather not do it.
  • an extreme ascetic lying on a bed of nails
  • Simon and Andrew's abandonment of what were effectively their most important worldly possessions, was taken as a model by later Christian ascetics.
    The Twelve Apostles/Disciples - Wikipedia  --  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelve_Apostles (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • Hindus stress meditation to acquire knowledge beyond the mind and body, a trait that is often associated with the ascetic deity Shiva.
    Hinduism - Wikipedia  --  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinduism (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • Hester sought not to acquire anything beyond a subsistence, of the plainest and most ascetic description, for herself...
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • "A non-materialist. And yet you are unpleasantly fat.
    A gluttonous ascetic? Such a contradiction."

    "When I'm tense, I eat."
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • ascetic = one who practices self-denial
  • In college McCandless began emulating Tolstoy's asceticism and moral rigor to a degree that first astonished, and then alarmed, those who were close to him.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • asceticism = practice of self-denial
  • Living rather ascetically, travelling third-class ... and penalizing himself for any extravagances, he maintained a qualified financial independence.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • ascetically = in the manner of someone who practices self-denial
  • He had been a celebrated ascetic, rigid in fasting and silence,
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • ascetic = someone who practices self-denial (especially to encourage spiritual growth)
  • But I am no longer the one I was, I am no ascetic any more, I am not a priest any more, I am no Brahman any more.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • ascetic = someone who practices self-denial
  • Saint-Sulpice was stark and cold, conveying an almost barren quality reminiscent of the ascetic cathedrals of Spain.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • ascetic = severely plain (without decoration)
  • Romance and Asceticism ... are equally unreal in the great Philistine world.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • asceticism = the practice of self-denial (especially to encourage spiritual growth)
  • 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.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • ascetic = basic (without luxury — as of someone who practices self-denial)
  • ...the Manichaeans believed that the world and all matter were created by nefarious forces, and that the only way to battle them was through asceticism and a pure life.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • asceticism = the practice of extreme self-denial
  • There was something ascetic in her look, which was augmented by the extreme plainness of a straight-skirted, black, stuff dress, a starched linen collar, hair combed away from the temples, and the nun-like ornament of a string of ebony beads and a crucifix.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • ascetic = severely plain — like one who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth)
  • you are an ascetic, a monk, a hermit!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • ascetic = someone who practices self-denial
  • For all his culture, Cecil was an ascetic at heart, and nothing in his love became him like the leaving of it.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • ascetic = someone who practices self-denial
  • ...the penances of those of the present day do not come up to the asceticism and austerity of former times;
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
asceticism = the practice of extreme self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth)

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