A person who maintains self-discipline and has only minimal possessions, simple food, and austere accommodations. Often associated with monasticism, a monk, nun, or friar is an example of an ascetic.
Related term(s): Asceticism; Monasticism; Monk; Friar
Category: Western Christianity
Source information: Singman, Jeffrey L. Daily Life in Medieval Europe. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1999. 140-1.