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adj. abstinent, self-denying, celibate; austere, severe
n. one who practices self-denial for spiritual discipline, abstainer, recluse, hermit

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Asceticism (; from the áskesis, "exercise" or "training") is a lifestyle characterized by abstinence from worldly pleasures, often for the purpose of pursuing spiritual goals. Ascetics may withdraw from the world for their practices or continue to be part of their society, but typically include a frugal lifestyle, without desire for any material possessions or physical pleasures, fasting with time spent practicing religion or reflecting on spiritual matters.

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1. practices self denial as spiritual discipline
(synonym) abstainer
(hypernym) religionist, religious person
(hyponym) puritan

1. pertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic or the practice of rigorous self-discipline; "ascetic practices"
(synonym) ascetical
(pertainym) abstainer
2. practicing great self-denial; "Be systematically for no other reason than that you would rather not do it"- William James; "a desert nomad's austere life"; "a spartan diet"; "a spartan existence"
(synonym) ascetical, austere, spartan
(similar) abstemious

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pří asketický
n. asketa, asketka

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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In the early church, one who devoted himself to a solitary and contemplative life, characterized by devotion, extreme self-denial, and self-mortification; a hermit; a recluse; hence, one who practices extreme rigor and self-denial in religious things.
Extremely rigid in self-denial and devotions; austere; severe.

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