Dictionary: AS-CET'I-CISM – ASH'-HOLE

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The practice of ascetics. – Bib. Repos.

AS'CIAN, n. [L. ascii, from Gr. α privative and σκια, a shadow.]

A person, who, at certain times of the year, has no shadow at noon. Such are the inhabitants of the torrid zone, who have, at times, a vertical sun.

AS'CI-TANS, n. [Gr. ασκος, a bag or bottle of skin.]

A sect or branch of Montanists, who appeared in the second century. They introduced into their assemblies, certain bacchanals, who danced around a bag or skin distended with air, in allusion to the bottles filled with new wine, Matth. ix. – Encyc.

AS-CI'TES, n. [Gr. ασκος, a bladder.]

A dropsy or tense elastic swelling of the belly, with fluctuation, from a collection of water. – Coxe. Quincy.


Belonging to an ascites; dropsical; hydropical.

AS-CI-TI'TIOUS, a. [L. ascitus; Low. L. ascititius; from ascisco, to take to or associate.]

Additional; added; supplemental; not inherent or original. Homer has been reckoned an ascititious name. – Pope.


In ancient poetry, a verse of four feet, the first of which is a spondee the second a choriamb, and the last two, dactyls; or of four feet and a cesura, the first a spondee, the second a dactyl, then the cesura, followed by two dactyls; as, Mæcē | nās ătă | vīs | ēdĭtĕ | rēgĭbŭs. – Encyc.

AS-CRIB-A-BLE, a. [See Ascribe.]

That may be ascribed or attributed.

AS-CRIBE, v.t. [L. ascribo, of ad and scribo, to write; Eng. scrape.]

  1. To attribute, impute, or set to, as to a cause; to assign, as effect to a cause; as, losses are often to be ascribed to imprudence.
  2. To attribute, as a quality, or an appurtenance; to consider, or alledge to belong; as, to ascribe perfection to God, or imperfection to man. – Job xxxvi. Ps. lxviii. 1 Sam. xviii.


Attributed or imputed; considered or alledged, as belonging.


Attributing; imputing; alledging to belong.


The act of ascribing, imputing or affirming to belong.


That is ascribed. This word is applied to villains under the feudal system, who are annexed to the freehold and transferable with it. – Spelman. Lib. Niger Scaccarii.

A-SEX'U-AL, a.

Having no distinct sex.

ASH, a.

Pertaining to or like the ash; made of ash.

ASH, n. [Sax. æsc; Dan. ask; Gerin. esche; D. esche; Russ. yassen.]

  1. A well known tree, a species of Fraxinus.
  2. The wood of the ash tree.

A-SHAME, v.t.

To shame. [Not used.]

A-SHAM-ED, a. [from Sax. gescamian or ascamian, to be ashamed, to blush, from scama, shame; originally a participle. See Shame.]

  1. Affected by shame; abashed or confused by guilt or a conviction of some criminal action or indecorous conduct, or by the exposure of some gross errors or misconduct, which the person is conscious must be wrong, and which tends to impair his honor or reputation. It is followed by of. Thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed. Ex. xvi. Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel. Hosea xx.
  2. Confused by a consciousness of guilt or of inferiority, by the mortification of pride, by failure or disappointment. They shall be greatly ashamed that trust in images. Isa. xlii. [This adjective always follows its noun.]

A-SHAM-ED-LY, adv.

Bashfully. [Not used.]


Of a color between brown and gray. – Woodward.

ASH'EN, a. [See Ash.]

Pertaining to ash; made of ash.

ASH'E-RY, n.

A place for ashes.

ASH'ES, n. [plur. without the singular number. Sax. asca; Goth. azga; D. asch; G. asche; Sw. aska; Dan. aske; Basque, auscua.]

  1. The earthy particles of combustible substances remaining after combustion; as of wood or coal.
  2. The remains of the human body when burnt. Hence figuratively, a dead body or corpse.
  3. In Scripture, ashes is used to denote vileness, meanness, frailty, or humiliation. I who am but dust and ashes. Gen. xviii. I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes. Job xlii.


A low fire used in chimical operations.


A repository for ashes; the lower part of a furnace.