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Wordnet 3.0

ADJECTIVE (2)

1. pertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic or the practice of rigorous self-discipline;
- Example: "ascetic practices"
[syn: ascetic, ascetical]

2. practicing great self-denial;
- Example: "Be systematically ascetic...do...something for no other reason than that you would rather not do it"- William James
- Example: "a desert nomad's austere life"
- Example: "a spartan diet"
- Example: "a spartan existence"
[syn: ascetic, ascetical, austere, spartan]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

ascetical \ascetical\ adj. 1. pertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic ascetical practices Syn: ascetic [WordNet 1.5] 2. practicing great self-denial. Syn: ascetic, austere, spartan [WordNet 1.5] Be systematically ascetic . . . do . . . something for no other reason than that you would rather not do it. --William James. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

ascetical 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]