Asceticism As*cet"i*cism, n. The condition, practice, or mode of life, of ascetics. [1913 Webster]

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  • Asceticism — • The word asceticism comes from the Greek askesis which means practice, bodily exercise, and more especially, atheletic training Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Asceticism     Asceticism …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • ASCETICISM — ASCETICISM. Rigorous abstention from any form of self indulgence which is based on the belief that renunciation of the desires of the flesh and self mortification can bring man to a high spiritual state. Asceticism never occupied an important… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • asceticism — index continence Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • asceticism — (n.) 1640s, from ASCETIC (Cf. ascetic) (adj.) + ISM (Cf. ism). Sometimes also ascetism (c.1850) …   Etymology dictionary

  • asceticism — mysticism (see under ASCETIC n) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • asceticism — [ə set′ə siz΄əm] n. 1. the practices or way of life of an ascetic 2. the religious doctrine that one can reach a higher spiritual state by rigorous self discipline and self denial …   English World dictionary

  • Asceticism — Not to be confused with Aestheticism. Ascetic redirects here. It is not to be confused with Acetic. Asceticism (from the Greek: ἄσκησις, áskēsis, exercise or training ) describes a lifestyle characterized by abstinence from various sorts of… …   Wikipedia

  • asceticism — /euh set euh siz euhm/, n. 1. the manner of life, practices, or principles of an ascetic. 2. the doctrine that a person can attain a high spiritual and moral state by practicing self denial, self mortification, and the like. 3. rigorous self… …   Universalium

  • Asceticism — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Asceticism >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 asceticism asceticism puritanism sabbatarianism Sgm: N 1 cynicism| cynicism| =>! austerity Sgm: N 1 total abstinence total abstinence Sgm: N 1 nephalism nephalism …   English dictionary for students

  • asceticism — n. to practice asceticism * * * [ə setɪsɪz(ə)m] to practice asceticism …   Combinatory dictionary

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