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Princeton's WordNet

  1. asceticismnoun

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

  2. austerity, asceticism, nonindulgencenoun

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

  3. asceticism, ascesisnoun

    rigorous self-denial and active self-restraint

Wiktionary

  1. asceticismnoun

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Asceticismnoun

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

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  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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of asceticism in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of asceticism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of asceticism in a Sentence

  1. Mary McCarthy:

    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.

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