ascetic (uh-SET-ik)

adjective: Practicing severe self-discipline or self-denial.
noun: One who practices severe self-discipline or self-denial.

From Greek askesis (exercise or training), from askein (to exercise or work).
Earliest documented use: 1646

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“This exhibition of roughly 50 paintings lays out the magpie path that took Mondrian from stolid burgher to ascetic modernist.”
Michael Prodger; From Windmills to Modernism; New Statesman (London, UK); May 30, 2014.

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