asceticism definition

  • noun:
    • The axioms and methods of an ascetic; extreme self-denial and austerity.
    • The doctrine that the ascetic life releases the soul from bondage to the body and licenses union because of the divine.
    • The concepts and practices of an ascetic; severe self-denial and austerity.
    • the problem, rehearse, or mode of life, of ascetics.
    • The life or training of an ascetic; the principles and historical span of the ascetics.
    • In theology, the theory or systematic exposition of means, whether unfavorable, as self-denial and abstinence, or positive, as the exercise of normal and Christian virtues, wherein an entire conformity using divine will could be obtained. See ascetical theology, under ascetical.
    • the trait of great self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures)
    • the doctrine that through renunciation of worldly pleasures you'll be able to achieve a high religious or intellectual state
    • thorough self-denial and active self-restraint

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