Ascetic n : in the days of the early
church, an ascetic was a person devoted to a solitary and contemplative
life. This was characterized by extreme self-denial, and
self-mortification and total devotion; a hermit; a recluse; hence, one who
practices extreme rigor and self-denial in religious things.
Ascetic can be an adjective that applies to someone who turns away from
his or her material comforts to follow a path of rigid self-discipline and
self denial. It is usually done as part of an act of religious
devotion and even spiritual improvement and enlightenment. Persons
associated typically as leading an ascetic existence are usually hermits,
monks and religious devotees. The word itself is derived from Greek.