noun, plural askeses [uh-skee-seez] .
strict self-discipline or self-control, as for religious or meditative purposes.
Also, ascesis.

1870–75; Greek askēsis exercise, training, equivalent to askē- (variant stem of askeîn to practice, train) + -sis -sis Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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