Asceticism vs Austere - What's the difference?

asceticism | austere |


As a noun asceticism

is the principles and practices of an ascetic; extreme self-denial and austerity.

As an adjective austere is

austere.

asceticism

Noun

  • The principles and practices of an ascetic; extreme self-denial and austerity.
  • Antonyms

    * hedonism

    austere

    English

    Adjective

    (en-adj)
  • Grim or severe in manner or appearance
  • The headmistress was an austere old woman.
  • Lacking trivial decoration; not extravagant or gaudy
  • The interior of the church was as austere as the parishioners were dour.

    Synonyms

    * (grim or severe) stern, strict, forbidding * (lacking trivial decoration) simple, plain, unadorned, unembellished

    Antonyms

    * (not lacking trivial decoration) overwrought, flamboyant, extravagant, gaudy, flashy

    Derived terms

    * austerity * austerely