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ascetic
used in Middlemarch

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

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
  • This was a trait of Miss Brooke's asceticism.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (18% in)
  • But there was nothing of an ascetic's expression in her bright full eyes, as she looked before her, not consciously seeing, but absorbing into the intensity of her mood, the solemn glory of the afternoon with its long swathes of light between the far-off rows of limes, whose shadows touched each other.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (18% in)

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