[ uh-see-sis ]
/ əˈsi sɪs /
noun, plural as·ce·ses [uh-see-seez]. /əˈsi siz/.
strict self-discipline or self-control, as for religious or meditative purposes.
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Also as·ke·sis [uh-skee-sis] /əˈski sɪs/ .
Origin of ascesis
First recorded in 1870–75; from Greek askēsis “exercise, training,” equivalent to askē- (variant stem of askeîn “to practice, train”) + -sis noun suffix; see -sis
Words nearby ascesis
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British Dictionary definitions for ascesis
/ (əˈsiːsɪs) /
noun plural -ses (-siːz)
the exercise of self-discipline
Word Origin for ascesis
C19: from Greek, from askein to exercise
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