Linguistic Candy

May 21, 2009

effete (adj) - lacking in wholesome vigor; degenerate; decadent

ascetic (n) - a person who dedicates his or her life to a pursuit of contemplative ideals and practices extreme self-denial or self-mortification for religious reasons; one who abstains from the normal pleasures of life or denies himself or herself material satisfaction

austere (adj) - severe in manner or appearance; uncompromising; strict; forbidding; without excess, luxury, or ease

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