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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Ascetic


ASCET'IC, adjective [Gr. exercised, hardened; from to exercise.

Retired from the world; rigid; severe; austere; employed in devotions and mortifications.

ASCET'IC, noun

1. One who retires from the customary business of life, and devotes himself to the duties of piety and devotion; a hermit; a recluse.

2. The title of certain books, on devout exercises; as the ascetics of St. Basil.