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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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The practice of self-denial for spiritual improvement.

Usage examples (32)
  • Thoreau practiced his own style of asceticism.
  • The word asceticism comes from the Greek askesis which means practice, bodily exercise, and more especially, atheletic training.
  • The day for asceticism is gone, or shall we say the night?
  • Yet it seems strange to hear Savanarola praised in a poem in which asceticism is condemned. for more
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