• WordNet 3.6
    • adj ascetical 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"
    • adj ascetical pertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic or the practice of rigorous self-discipline "ascetic practices"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ascetical Pertaining to the practice of rigid self-denial and the mortification of the body as a means of attaining virtue and holiness; ascetic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Ascetical excessively rigid: austere: recluse
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  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “In every ascetic morality man worships a part of himself as God and for that he needs to diabolize the other part.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “The ascetic makes a necessity of virtue.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “Religions, which condemn the pleasures of sense, drive men to seek the pleasures of power. Throughout history power has been the vice of the ascetic.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. askētikos (adj. askētēs), one that uses exercises to train himself—askein, to work, take exercise, (eccles.) to mortify the body.


In literature:

Perhaps it is the Irish ascetic in my constitution.
"Mrs. Warren's Daughter" by Sir Harry Johnston
Throughout the picture there is nothing ascetic, nothing mystic, nothing devotional.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)" by John Addington Symonds
His was rather the face of an ascetic.
"The Little Red Chimney" by Mary Finley Leonard
He had yellow, prominent teeth and an irregular, ascetic face.
"Tramping on Life" by Harry Kemp
And there we beheld a female ascetic named Prabhavati engaged in ascetic austerities.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Ye best of ascetics, I desire, therefore, to practise ascetic austerities!
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
They are ascetics, and teach that spiritual insight is possible only through prolonged thought.
"The Religions of Japan" by William Elliot Griffis
Imagine the paradox, this babe, an ascetic and this worldling, a sybarite, meeting upon a common ground!
"Paradise Garden" by George Gibbs
This room was of almost monastic severity: an ascetic or a stern soldier might have occupied it.
"A Woman Named Smith" by Marie Conway Oemler
Our ancient ascetic traditions often make us blind to the meaning of pleasure.
"Little Essays of Love and Virtue" by Havelock Ellis
Startled, she drew back and faced a man of less than middle height, bare-headed, wearing the orange-pink draperies of an ascetic.
"Far to Seek" by Maud Diver
His features were those of a scholar and ascetic.
"The Texan Scouts" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He was a cold, hard, ascetic aristocrat at best, more cynical, stern, and tyrannical than brave.
"Luther and the Reformation:" by Joseph A. Seiss
We even recognize the value, for this end, of ascetic discipline, in the original Greek sense of the word.
"August Comte and Positivism" by John-Stuart Mill
Brahmans, chaplains (purohita), pandits and ascetics are frequently mentioned as worthy of honour and gifts.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
He had a serious ascetic face, and seemed not to know that any was present beside his God and himself.
"The Halo" by Bettina von Hutten
Nevertheless, I am not an ascetic like Mannering.
"A Lost Leader" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
A female ascetic enters, leading a boy with a bow in hand.
"Tales from the Hindu Dramatists" by R. N. Dutta
Both represent the Mantis as a priestess delivering oracles, or an ascetic in a mystic ecstasy.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
But the Nicene party was the home of the ascetics.
"The Arian Controversy" by H. M. Gwatkin

In poetry:

Finding no Donatello now,
No reverent Giotto 'mong the quick,
To glorify ascetic vow
Of Francis or of Dominic;
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
He proved them this - he proved them that -
This good but wearisome ascetic;
He jumped and thumped upon his hat,
He was so very energetic.
"Sir Macklin" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The Narrow, thorny path he trod.
“Enter into My joy,” said God.
The sad ascetic shook his head;
“I’ve lost all taste for joy,” he said.
"The Ascetic" by Victor James Daley
Is a solemn, sober, ancient ghost,
Who doesn’t seem to like to converse. . .
Before this figure, ascetic and reserved,
My words have always stuck in my throat.
"The Unconscious" by Antero Tarquinio de Quental
Till o'er this rock of refuge, deem'd secure,
--This palace of the poor,
Ascetic luxury, wealth too frankly shown,--
The royal robber swept
His lustful eye, and seized the prey his own.
"At Fountains" by Francis Turner Palgrave
"My life was once lonely, and almost ascetic;
But now, if I venture to walk in the street,
With her books in her hand, some fair Peripatetic
Is sure to address me with whisperings sweet.
"A Romance In Real (Academic) Life" by E W Bowling

In news:

Are the new ascetics masters of self-denial or just self-promotion.
The Ascetic Junkies The Cage Has No Bottom.
Ascetic at Home but Vigorous on Bench.
The Ascetic Junkies' down-home approach to life on the road.
The pair of undercover ascetics make excellent use of the show's rolling set-pieces as they push through the convent 's underground corridors and basements in search of a secret tomb.
In March 1971, the newly established Center for Byzantine Studies at Birmingham University held a seminar on the subject of the role of the ascetic in the early Byzantine world.
Columbia, 1967 Recovering from his 1966 motorcycle crash, Dylan took a left turn into country music and ascetic mysticism, connecting to Nashville th.
In interviews, Converge present themselves as hardcore-punk ascetics, studio rats born to create brutal, convoluted maelstroms — and that's about it.
Sanctuaries were erected in the Holy Land upon the death of Sufi mystics who lived an ascetic life, wandering, fasting and praying in solitude.
The ascetic, however, doesn't see any windfall.
A longtime Rice Village favorite, Shiva Indian Restaurant is named after Lord Shiva , one of the most complex of Indian gods -- "destroyer and restorer, ascetic and symbol of sensuality, herdsman and avenger".
Ascetics, or sadhus, at Varanasi Ghat, India, 2001.
The most voluble person I ever met was a somewhat chubby, middle-aged Indian ascetic, or sadhu, who had taken a strict vow of silence.
The songwriting veteran Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes has embraced a brighter ascetic since first emerging in the 90s as an angry folk sibling to Elliott Smith.
Martha Rose Shulman presents food that is vibrant and light, full of nutrients but by no means ascetic, fun to cook and to eat.

In science:

The ENGCG grammatical representation appears to be the most detailed of the three, while the representation used in Parts of speech seems to be the most ascetic. (cid:15) Five texts totalling , words were used.
Three studies of grammar-based surface-syntactic parsing of unrestricted English text. A summary and orientation
To treat jet cross sections, or heavy quark production in DIS and other processes, we need to retreat from the ascetic evolution in terms of observables only, to parton distribution functions.
Summary, DIS 97