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  • one who practices rigid self-denial, especially as an act of religious devotion [Princeton Review]
  • not allowing oneself pleasures and comforts; having or involving a very austere life [Barron]
  • austere in appearance, manner, or attitude [Taisha]
  • practicing self-denial, austere, stark [Nandigam]

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