Aesthetic and Ascetic

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How to use the words Aesthetic and Ascetic?

People often encounter these two words first in college, and may confuse one with the other although they have almost opposite connotations. Aesthetic (also spelled esthetic) has to do with beauty, whereas ascetic has to do with avoiding pleasure, including presumably the pleasure of looking at beautiful things.

St. Francis had an ascetic attitude toward life, whereas Oscar Wilde had an esthetic attitude toward life.

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