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Noun: asceticism  u'se-ti,si-zum
  1. The doctrine that through renunciation of worldly pleasures it is possible to achieve a high spiritual or intellectual state
     
  2. The trait of great self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures)
    "a new budget of unaccustomed asceticism";
    - austerity, nonindulgence
     
  3. Rigorous self-denial and active self-restraint
    - ascesis

Derived forms: asceticisms

Type of: doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought, self-control, self-denial, self-discipline

Encyclopedia: Asceticism