A person who renounces material comforts and leads a life of austere self-discipline, especially as an act of religious devotion.
Leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial, especially for spiritual improvement. See Synonyms at severe.
Pertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic; self-denying and austere: an ascetic existence.
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