Ascetic theology, the science which treats of the practice of the theological and moral virtues, and the counsels of perfection. Am. Cyc.

(As*cet"i*cism) n. The condition, practice, or mode of life, of ascetics.

(As"cham) n. [From Roger Ascham, who was a great lover of archery.] A sort of cupboard, or case, to contain bows and other implements of archery.

(||As"ci), n. pl. See Ascus.

(As"cian), n. One of the Ascii.

(As*cid"i*an) n. [Gr. bladder, pouch.] (Zoöl.) One of the Ascidioidea, or in a more general sense, one of the Tunicata. Also as an adj.

(||As*cid`i*a"ri*um) n. [NL. See Ascidium.] (Zoöl.) The structure which unites together the ascidiozooids in a compound ascidian.

(As*cid"i*form), a. [Gr. a pouch + - form.] (Zoöl.) Shaped like an ascidian.

(||As*cid`i*oid"e*a) n. pl. [NL., fr. ascidium + -oid. See Ascidium.] (Zoöl.) A group of Tunicata, often shaped like a two-necked bottle. The group includes, social, and compound species. The gill is a netlike structure within the oral aperture. The integument is usually leathery in texture. See Illustration in Appendix.

(As*cid`i*o*zo"oid) n. [Ascidium + zooid.] (Zoöl.) One of the individual members of a compound ascidian. See Ascidioidea.

(||As*cid"i*um) n.; pl. Ascidia [NL., fr. ascus. See Ascus.]

1. (Bot.) A pitcher-shaped, or flask-shaped, organ or appendage of a plant, as the leaves of the pitcher plant, or the little bladderlike traps of the bladderwort

2. pl. (Zoöl.) A genus of simple ascidians, which formerly included most of the known species. It is sometimes used as a name for the Ascidioidea, or for all the Tunicata.

(As*cig"er*ous) a. [Ascus + - gerous.] (Bot.) Having asci. Loudon.

(||As"ci*i As"cians) n. pl. [L. ascii, pl. of ascius, Gr. without shadow; 'a priv. + shadow.] Persons who, at certain times of the year, have no shadow at noon; — applied to the inhabitants of the torrid zone, who have, twice a year, a vertical sun.

(||As*ci"tes) n. [L., fr. Gr. (sc. disease), fr. bladder, belly.] (Med.) A collection of serous fluid in the cavity of the abdomen; dropsy of the peritoneum. Dunglison.

(As*cit"ic As*cit"ic*al) a. Of, pertaining to, or affected by, ascites; dropsical.

Ascetic to Ask

(As*cet"ic) a. [Gr. fr. to exercise, to practice gymnastics.] Extremely rigid in self-denial and devotions; austere; severe.

The stern ascetic rigor of the Temple discipline.
Sir W. Scott.

(As*cet"ic), n. In the early church, one who devoted himself to a solitary and contemplative life, characterized by devotion, extreme self-denial, and self-mortification; a hermit; a recluse; hence, one who practices extreme rigor and self-denial in religious things.

I am far from commending those ascetics that take up their quarters in deserts.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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