Asceticism - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |əˈsetɪsɪzəm|  American pronunciation of the word asceticism
Brit.  |əˈsɛtɪsɪz(ə)m|  British pronunciation of the word asceticism


- the doctrine that through renunciation of worldly pleasures it is possible to achieve a high spiritual or intellectual state
- the trait of great self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures) (syn: austerity, nonindulgence)
- rigorous self-denial and active self-restraint (syn: ascesis)


an ascetic diet of rice and beans

Calvin did not strike out asceticism entirely from his system as Luther did.

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