Meaning of ascetic
Pronunciation: (u-set'ik), [key]
- a person who dedicates his or her life to a pursuit of contemplative ideals and practices extreme self-denial or self-mortification for religious reasons.
- a person who leads an austerely simple life, esp. one who abstains from the normal pleasures of life or denies himself or herself material satisfaction.
- (in the early Christian church) a monk; hermit.
- ascetic (Thesaurus)