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asceticism

[uh-set-uh-siz-uh m] /əˈsɛt əˌsɪz əm/
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
1640-1650
1640-50; ascetic + -ism
Related forms
nonasceticism, noun
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  • 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.
  • Boats breed a kind of asceticism — there simply isn't room to be a pack rat.
  • Its holy men practice an extreme asceticism.
  • That ritual asceticism stands for more than physical fitness.
  • Yet asceticism and lean muscle are the real fabric of all three pieces.
  • Plywood has also been admired, function aside, for its asceticism.
  • Drinking is a protest against the imposition of a culturally constructed feminine asceticism.
British Dictionary definitions for asceticism

asceticism

/əˈsɛtɪˌsɪzəm/
noun
1.
the behaviour, discipline, or outlook of an ascetic, esp of a religious ascetic
2.
the principles of ascetic practices, esp in the early Christian Church
3.
the theory and system of ascetic practices
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Word Origin and History for asceticism
n.

1640s, from ascetic (adj.) + -ism. Sometimes also ascetism (c.1850).

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asceticism in Culture
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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