- the manner of life, practices, or principles of an ascetic.
- the doctrine that a person can attain a high spiritual and moral state by practicing self-denial, self-mortification, and the like.
- rigorous self-denial; extreme abstinence; austerity.
Origin of asceticism
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Examples from the Web for asceticism
Both shared an asceticism and intellectualism, encouraged by the Jesuits.Jerry Brown's Castro Trouble
A. L. Bardach
October 5, 2010
That is the true Christian asceticism, my son, and so it is with our vows.The Christian
Asceticism has no place in this religion; everything in it is bright and sensible.History of Religion
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
- the behaviour, discipline, or outlook of an ascetic, esp of a religious ascetic
- the principles of ascetic practices, esp in the early Christian Church
- the theory and system of ascetic practices
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Word Origin and History for asceticism
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
An austere, simple way of life in which persons renounce material pleasures and devote their energy to moral or religious purpose.
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