(plural: ‘ascetics‘; pronunciation: the letters ‘sc’ are pronounced with an ‘s’ sound, and the last letter ‘c’ , with a ‘k’ sound as in “king” — for the right pronunciation of this word, please click here)
a religious person who does not allow himself bodily pleasures in order to keep him/herself pious, i.e. an ascetic does not eat tasty and luxurious food, not wear expensive or fashionable clothes, not drink alcohol, not have sex, etc. but spends most of his/her time in prayers and leads a very simple and self-disciplined life;
an abstainer; a recluse; a nun; a monk; a sadhu,
When she was deceived by her fiancé, She left her family wealth and led a life of an ascetic.
Jain ascetics follow complete non-violence path in which they do not hurt any living being, not even an ant!