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asceticism; the condition or practice of self-denial


The Buddha tried ascetism for six years before looking for another path to enlightenment.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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  • There is no trace of ascetism in their strong, well-developed figures, and in their faces no suggestion of an unhealthy pietism.

    The Madonna in Art Estelle M. Hurll
  • Their flesh-pots are not a few, and their table is a marvel of ascetism!

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • But the most curious phase of this Shinto ascetism is represented by a custom still prevalent in remote districts.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The power of thought, to be free and fruitful, cannot flourish without the strength of ascetism.

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