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 for ascetic
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ascetic \As*cet"ic\a. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to exercise, to practice
     gymnastics.]
     Extremely rigid in self-denial and devotions; austere;
     severe.
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           The stern ascetic rigor of the Temple discipline. --Sir
                                                    W. Scott.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ascetic \As*cet"ic\, n.
     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.
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           I am far from commending those ascetics that take up
           their quarters in deserts.               --Norris.
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     Ascetic theology, the science which treats of the practice
        of the theological and moral virtues, and the counsels of
        perfection. --Am. Cyc.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  ascetic
      adj 1: pertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic or the
             practice of rigorous self-discipline; "ascetic practices"
             [syn: ascetic, ascetical]
      2: practicing great self-denial; "Be systematically
         ascetic...do...something 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" [syn:
         ascetic, ascetical, austere, spartan]
      n 1: someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline
           [syn: abstainer, ascetic]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  221 Moby Thesaurus words for "ascetic":
     Albigensian, Apostolic, Apostolici, Catharist, Diogenes, Encratic,
     Encratite, Franciscan, Hieronymian, Hieronymite, Lenten,
     Pythagorean, Pythagorist, Rechabite, Sabbatarian, Shaker, Spartan,
     Stoic, Timon of Athens, Trappist, Waldensian, abbacomes, abbot,
     abstainer, abstemious, abstinent, anchoress, anchorite, anchoritic,
     apologetic, astringent, atoning, austere, bald, banian, bare,
     beadsman, bedridden invalid, bhikshu, brother, caloyer, candid,
     celibate, cenobite, chaste, cleansing, cloistered monk,
     closet cynic, common, commonplace, compensational, compensatory,
     continent, conventual, conventual prior, dervish, desert fathers,
     desert saints, direct, disciplined, dry, dull, dwarfed, dwarfish,
     eremite, eremitic, exiguous, expiatory, fakir, flagellant,
     forbearing, frank, friar, frugal, fruitarian, grand prior,
     gymnosophist, hermit, hermitess, hieromonach, homebody, homely,
     homespun, hydropot, impoverished, invalid, isolationist, jejune,
     lay abbot, lay brother, lean, limited, loner, lustral,
     lustrational, lustrative, marabout, matter-of-fact, meager, mean,
     mendicant, miserly, monastic, monk, mortified, narrow, natural,
     neat, nephalist, nephalistic, niggardly, on the wagon, open,
     outcast, palmer, paltry, pariah, parsimonious, penitential,
     piacular, pilgrim, pillar saint, pillarist, plain, plain-speaking,
     plain-spoken, poor, prior, propitiatory, prosaic, prosing, prosy,
     puny, pure, purgative, purgatorial, purifying, puritan,
     puritanical, reclamatory, recluse, recompensing, redeeming,
     redemptive, redressing, religieux, religious, reparative,
     reparatory, repentant, repenting, restitutional, restitutive,
     restitutory, restrained, righting, rigoristic, rustic, sannyasi,
     satisfactional, scant, scanty, schooled, scrawny, scrimp, scrimpy,
     seclusionist, self-abasing, self-abnegating, self-denying,
     self-forgetful, selfless, severe, sexually abstinent, shut-in,
     simple, simple-speaking, skimp, skimpy, slender, slight, slim,
     small, sober, solitaire, solitary, solitudinarian, spare, sparing,
     squaring, stark, starvation, stay-at-home, stern, stingy, stinted,
     straightforward, straitened, stunted, stylite, subsistence,
     sworn off, teetotal, teetotaler, teetotalist, thin, trained,
     unadorned, unaffected, unimaginative, unnourishing, unnutritious,
     unpoetical, unvarnished, vegetarian, water-drinker, watered,
     watery, wedded to poverty, yogi, yogin
  
  

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