Definition of ascetic :
1. Extremely rigid in self- denial and devotions; austere; severe.
2. 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.
celibate (part of speech: noun)
ascetic (part of speech: adjective)
severe (part of speech: adjective)
dour, critical, abrupt, acrimonious, brusque, astringent, stringent, stark, puritanical, cutting, crisp, authoritarian, short, acute, stiff-necked, piquant, strict, oppressive, gruff, strait-laced, rigid, exacting, frosty, keen, dry, hidebound, stern, spare, grim, correct, brisk, obstinate, basic, intolerant, rigorous, meticulous, blunt, fundamental, intense, icy, tart, cool, precise, acerbic, relentless, caustic, raw, severe, curt, disciplined, lean, imperial, sharp, inflexible, unbending, censorious, obdurate, chilly, uncompromising, Spartan, prudish, demanding, Draconian, bleak, harsh
stingy (part of speech: adjective)
temperate (part of speech: adjective)
- I see in them the mixture of the religious and commercial character, blended in a most extraordinary manner and degree, for here the possession of wealth scarcely interferes with the highest state of ascetic devotion. - "Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846", James Richardson.
- He had been a Vakil of the High Court, but had given up his position to embrace an ascetic life, and had devoted his property to founding a library, only reserving enough for himself and his wife to live upon. - "Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life", Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey.
- 23 In the depths of the forest the ascetic practised penance with fast- closed eyes; he intended to deserve Paradise. - "The Fugitive", Rabindranath Tagore.