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adjective as in self-denying

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By now, everyone who’s ever seen a Paul Schrader movie knows that he favors deep moral explorations, and often writes characters who are obsessed with routines and rituals, ascetics for better or worse.

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In that distorted state, it felt good to deprive myself, as if it were some ascetic form of self-mastery.

I thought that I’d wind up among the “enlightened,” a digital ascetic who prioritized attentiveness above all else.

Having carefully set up the circumstances of his narrative within a viscerally realistic place and time, he lets it all unfold with an almost ascetic sparseness of dialogue.

Not surprisingly, this did not sit well with the ascetic early Christians.

Soyinka is a food and wine enthusiast, but he also sinks easily into a kind of ascetic mode and fasts regularly.

An Arab legend has it that the intoxicating effects of hashish were discovered by an ascetic monk in 1155.

Maybe this is better than self-denying ascetic teenage subculture anarchism.

He works around an impossibly long and lean ideal, but never allows his work to grow ascetic and cold.

His cowl was thrown back, revealing his pale, ascetic countenance and shaven head.

Take him in repose, and he looked a lank ascetic who dreamed of a happy land where flagellation was a joy and pain a panacea.

In appearance, Terry was an ill-adjusted compromise between an ascetic and a young man about town.

The Nazarenes are archological and ascetic; the Dsseldorf school is insipid in a modern way, feeble, colourless, and sentimental.

His philosophy had   made him neither an ascetic nor an anchorite.


On this page you'll find 31 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to ascetic, such as: austere, disciplined, abstinent, spartan, abstaining, and abstemious.

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