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ascetic (adj) simple and austere (in way of living) for religious reasons.

To be simple and austere in one's way of living is to be ascetic. Living with the minimum needs of life for religious reasons is being ascetic. A person is ascetic if they live a very austere life, denying themselves all physical pleasures, just because they believe that their religion preaches it.

  • Most religions stress the value of an ascetic way of life, so there have been a number of people who at a young age have become ascetic.
  • Human beings, by and large, have weakness for comforts and luxuries, so only those with strong determination and willpower can succeed in being ascetic.
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