askesis

askesis

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


Origin:
1870–75; Greek askēsis exercise, training, equivalent to askē- (variant stem of askeîn to practice, train) + -sis -sis

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Main Entry:  askesis
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a practice of severe self-discipline or ascetism for spiritual reasons; also written ascesis
Etymology:  Gk.
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