asceticism; the condition or practice of self-denial
The Buddha tried ascetism for six years before looking for another path to enlightenment.
There is no trace of ascetism in their strong, well-developed figures, and in their faces no suggestion of an unhealthy pietism.
Their flesh-pots are not a few, and their table is a marvel of ascetism!
But the most curious phase of this Shinto ascetism is represented by a custom still prevalent in remote districts.
The power of thought, to be free and fruitful, cannot flourish without the strength of ascetism.