asceticism

[uh-set-uh-siz-uhm]
noun
1.
the manner of life, practices, or principles of an ascetic.
2.
the doctrine that a person can attain a high spiritual and moral state by practicing self-denial, self-mortification, and the like.
3.
rigorous self-denial; extreme abstinence; austerity.

Origin:
1640–50; ascetic + -ism

nonasceticism, noun
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Word Origin & History

asceticism
1640s, from ascetic + -ism. Sometimes also ascetism (c.1850).
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asceticism [(uh-set-uh-siz-uhm)]

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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Example sentences
Monastic asceticism stands at odds with the physical quality of human nature.
His asceticism seems also to govern his view of narrative.
They have none of the asceticism of their forebears.
Piety led her to the severest asceticism.
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