Definitions for asceticism
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the doctrine that through renunciation of worldly pleasures it is possible to achieve a high spiritual or intellectual state
austerity, asceticism, nonindulgence(noun)
the trait of great self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures)
rigorous self-denial and active self-restraint
The principles and practices of an ascetic; extreme self-denial and austerity.
the condition, practice, or mode of life, of ascetics
Asceticism describes a lifestyle characterized by abstinence from various worldly pleasures, often with the aim of pursuing religious and spiritual goals. Many religious traditions include practices that involve restraint with respect to actions of body, speech, and mind like that of the Pythagoreans. The founders and earliest practitioners of these religions lived extremely austere lifestyles, refraining from sensual pleasures and the accumulation of material wealth. They practiced asceticism not as a rejection of the enjoyment of life, or because the practices themselves are virtuous, but as an aid in the pursuit of physical and metaphysical health.
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The strongest argument for the un-materialistic character of American life is the fact that we tolerate conditions that are, from a negative point of view, intolerable. What the foreigner finds most objectionable in American life is its lack of basic comfort. No nation with any sense of material well-being would endure the food we eat, the cramped apartments we live in, the noise, the traffic, the crowded subways and buses. American life, in large cities, is a perpetual assault on the senses and the nerves; it is out of asceticism, out of unworldliness, precisely, that we bear it.
Translations for asceticism
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- asketismus, asketizmus, askezeCzech
- ascética, ascetismoSpanish
- ascétisme, ascèseFrench
- ascetismo, asceticismo, ascéticaPortuguese
- аскетизам, asketizamSerbo-Croatian
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