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asceticism

[uh-set-uh-siz-uh m] /əˈsɛt əˌsɪz əm/
noun
1.
the manner of life, practices, or principles of an ascetic.
2.
the doctrine that a person can attain a high spiritual and moral state by practicing self-denial, self-mortification, and the like.
3.
rigorous self-denial; extreme abstinence; austerity.
Origin of asceticism
1640-1650
First recorded in 1640-50; ascetic + -ism
Related forms
nonasceticism, noun
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  • That is the true Christian asceticism, my son, and so it is with our vows.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • asceticism has no place in this religion; everything in it is bright and sensible.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies
  • The basic premise of the Ids is asceticism and there never was any strength in that idea.

    Cubs of the Wolf Raymond F. Jones
  • It is towards that men will strain themselves with the asceticism of saints.

    The Napoleon of Notting Hill Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • In the Christianity of the Gospel there is very little trace of asceticism.

    Joyous Gard Arthur Christopher Benson
  • Our family was warlike and given to mysticism and asceticism.

    Beasts, Men and Gods Ferdinand Ossendowski
  • asceticism does not aim at a harmonious development and never could produce it.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner
  • What then is the difference between temperance and asceticism?

    Practical Ethics William DeWitt Hyde
  • asceticism is the control of appetite merely for the sake of controlling it.

    Practical Ethics William DeWitt Hyde
British Dictionary definitions for asceticism

asceticism

/əˈsɛtɪˌsɪzəm/
noun
1.
the behaviour, discipline, or outlook of an ascetic, esp of a religious ascetic
2.
the principles of ascetic practices, esp in the early Christian Church
3.
the theory and system of ascetic practices
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Word Origin and History for asceticism
n.

1640s, from ascetic (adj.) + -ism. Sometimes also ascetism (c.1850).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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asceticism in Culture
asceticism [(uh-set-uh-siz-uhm)]

An austere, simple way of life in which persons renounce material pleasures and devote their energy to moral or religious purpose.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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