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used in Of Human Bondage

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


severely plain (without decoration)
  • He was pleased to think that his shaven face gave him the look of a priest, and in his youth he had possessed an ascetic air which added to the impression.
    7-8 — Chapters 7-8 (59% in)
ascetic = suggesting self-denial
  • He had a handsome face, thin, ascetic, with dark eyes; he wore his fantastic garb with the dashing air of a buccaneer.
    41-42 — Chapters 41-42 (36% in)
  • She had the fine black eyes, languid but passionate, the thin face, ascetic but sensual, the skin like old ivory, which under the influence of Burne-Jones were cultivated at that time by young ladies in Chelsea.
    43-44 — Chapters 43-44 (15% in)
  • With her large brown eyes, thin, ascetic face, her pale skin, and broad forehead, she might have stepped out of a picture by Burne-Jones.
    47-48 — Chapters 47-48 (16% in)
  • It represented a thin young curate, with long hair that fell over his head in natural curls, with dark eyes, large and dreamy, and a pale ascetic face.
    111-112 — Chapters 111-112 (63% in)

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