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Princeton's WordNet

  1. asceticism(noun)

    the doctrine that through renunciation of worldly pleasures it is possible to achieve a high spiritual or intellectual state

  2. austerity, asceticism, nonindulgence(noun)

    the trait of great self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures)

  3. asceticism, ascesis(noun)

    rigorous self-denial and active self-restraint


  1. asceticism(Noun)

    The principles and practices of an ascetic; extreme self-denial and austerity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Asceticism(noun)

    the condition, practice, or mode of life, of ascetics


  1. Asceticism

    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.

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