Noun(1) someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline
Adjective(1) pertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic or the practice of rigorous self-discipline(2) practicing great self-denial
(1) The people communicate with him by way of ascetic disciplines on certain sacred mountains.(2) I was simply fighting against what I perceived as biblical, doctrinal, and ascetic fundamentalism.(3) These three constitute the Supernal Triad - those spheres which are wholly outside the realm of direct human experience for all but the most disciplined and ascetic individuals.(4) Yet the texts are firmly part of the later medieval world: the first two come from the writings of visionary women mystics and the last from a rigorously ascetic monastic theologian.(5) My tastes are modest to the point of ascetic austerity.(6) Indeed most martial arts are based on the creations of Chinese ascetic monks almost a thousand years ago.(7) Cornet always led a frugal and ascetic life, able to live contentedly for weeks on end with the same menu of rice and dried fish.(8) It will doubtless surprise some viewers to learn that the monks' daily routine is not dominated by the strict, ascetic activities one might suppose.(9) For Brendan, salvation is best accomplished through the monastic way, understood as a combination of ascetic practices and liturgical observance.(10) He walked away from every system of thought and every ascetic setup that was offered to him as an alternative.(11) Buddhism requires ascetic behaviour, including fasting, by its monks, but not from other followers.(12) He himself lived a rigorously ascetic life and observed the monastic precepts faithfully.(13) Bernard's over-rigorous pursuit of ascetic discipline adversely affected his health.(14) His earlier life of self-indulgence had been unsatisfying, as was his six-year experiment with ascetic penances.(15) The motive was mainly ascetic , but was in part connected with the greater authority which, in antiquity, attached to such renunciation.(16) While there is not too much on the theology of the cross, or on the phenomenon of monasticism, all authors speak from the reality of a crucified, ascetic tradition.
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