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paddismac
07-07-2018, 06:00 PM
GAH!!! What is the word for a person who has forsworn any sort of carnality in favor of devoting their life to meditation and higher thought?

Can anyone help me out?

Helix
07-07-2018, 06:02 PM
ascetic

Taylor Harbin
07-07-2018, 06:03 PM
I guess it depends on which culture you’re in. Christian monks of various sects often took vows of chastity.

paddismac
07-07-2018, 06:09 PM
ascetic

Bingo! That's it!!! Ugh, it was driving me crazy!!

Thank you!

AW Admin
07-07-2018, 06:25 PM
There are some differences in terms of context/connotation for chastity (https://ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=chastity) and celibacy (https://ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=celibacy).

Celibacy often connotes a formal oath.

MaeZe
07-07-2018, 11:41 PM
GAH!!! What is the word for a person who has forsworn any sort of carnality in favor of devoting their life to meditation and higher thought?

Can anyone help me out?My brain is aging fast and this happens to me a lot. What I do when I can't think of a word or a name is go immediately online to find it. I usually succeed.

I tried "what monks do" after failing to find anything under 'forsworn carnality' and 'devoted to meditation'.

I found this: "A monk is a person who practices religious asceticism by monastic living, ..."

It might be a lot easier to ask these wonderfully talented writers, I'm not saying not to. Just sharing another option that exercises one's brain as well.