- A person who renounces material comforts and leads a life of austere self-discipline, especially as an act of religious devotion.
- Leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial, especially for spiritual improvement.
- Pertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic; self-denying and austere: an ascetic existence.
- A medieval instrument, now replaced by the sextant, that was once used to determine the altitude of the sun or other celestial bodies.
- A large crater formed by volcanic explosion or by collapse of a volcanic cone.
- The inner self of an individual; the soul.
- In Jungian psychology:
- The unconscious or true inner self of an individual, as opposed to the persona, or outer aspect of the personality.
- The feminine inner personality, as present in the unconscious of the male. It is in contrast to the animus, which represents masculine characteristics.
- A diminutive human.
Homunculus of Alchemy
The term appears to have been first used by the alchemist Paracelsus. He once claimed that he had created a false human being that he referred to as the homunculus. The creature was to have stood no more than 12 inches tall, and did the work usually associated with a golem. However, after a short time, the homunculus turned on its creator and ran away.
- Something that serves to suppress, check, or eliminate.
- Release from life; death.
- A genus in the palm family, native to the wider Caribbean. It is closely related to the genera Coccothrinax, Hemithrinax and Zombia.
- A final statement of terms made by one party to another.
- A statement, especially in diplomatic negotiations, that expresses or implies the threat of serious penalties if the terms are not accepted.
- The soft internal organs of the body, especially those contained within the abdominal and thoracic cavities..
- The vault of heaven; the sky.
- The upper air.