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asceticism

noun

  1. (doctrine)  the doctrine that through renunciation of worldly pleasures it's possible to achieve a high spiritual or intellectual state
    Type of: doctrine
  2. (austerity)  the trait of great self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures)
    Synonyms: austerity, nonindulgence. Type of: self-discipline
  3. (self-control)  rigorous self-denial and active self-restraint
    Synonyms: ascesis, askesis. Type of: self-denial

Etymology summary

"ascetic" + "-ism". Sometimes also ascetism (about 1850).
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Asceticism

describes a lifestyle characterized by abstinence from various worldly pleasures, often with the aim of pursuing religious and spiritual goals. Many religious traditions include practices that involve restraint with respect to actions of body, speech,... (35 of 5686 words, 6 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Asceticism

Britannica Encyclopedia:

asceticism

the practice of the denial of physical or psychological desires in order to attain a spiritual ideal or goal. Hardly any religion has been without at ... (26 of 731 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/37864​/asceticism

Collins Dictionary:

asceticism

the behaviour, discipline, or outlook of an ascetic, especially of a religious ascetic | the principles of ascetic practices, especially in the early ... (22 of 389 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/asceticism

Columbia Encyclopedia:

asceticism

rejection of bodily pleasures through sustained self-denial and self-mortification, with the objective of strengthening spiritual life. Asceticism has ... (18 of 140 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0804941​.html

Random House Dictionary:

asceticism

the manner of life, practices, or principles of an ascetic. | the doctrine that a person can attain a high spiritual and moral state by practicing ... (25 of 43 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/asceticism

Macmillan British Dictionary:

ascetic [countable, noun] | ascetics [plural] | asceticism [noun, uncountable, related]

someone who lives a very simple life, especially for religious reasons (11 of 40 words, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ascetic 4

Oxford Dictionary:

asceticism

severe self-discipline and avoiding of all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons (13 of 39 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/asceticism

American Heritage Dictionary:

asceticism

The principles and practices of an ascetic; extreme self-denial and austerity. | The doctrine that the ascetic life releases the soul from bondage to ... (23 of 34 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/asceticism

Cambridge Dictionary:

ascetic [entry 1] | ascetically [adverb, derived] | asceticism [noun, derived]

avoiding physical pleasures and living a simple life, often for religious reasons (12 of 32 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ascetic 1

New World Dictionary:

asceticism

the practices or way of life of an ascetic | the religious doctrine that one can reach a higher spiritual state by rigorous self-discipline and ... (24 of 29 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/asceticism

Wiktionary:

asceticism | asceticisms [plural]

The principles and practices of an ascetic; extreme self-denial and austerity. (11 of 16 words, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/asceticism

Encarta Dictionary:

asceticism

austerity and self-denial, especially as a principled way of life (10 of 23 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861695692​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Online Etymology:

asceticism

First use: 1640s

Origin: "ascetic" + "-ism". Sometimes also ascetism (about 1850).

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=asceticism

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

asceticism

Audio: British English pronunciation of "asceticism"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/asceticism

Macmillan British Dictionary:

ascetic [countable, noun] | ascetics [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "asceticism"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ascetic 4

Macmillan American Dictionary:

ascetic [countable, noun] | ascetics [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "asceticism"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/ascetic 4

Cambridge Dictionary:

ascetic [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "asceticism"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "asceticism"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ascetic 1

the Free Dictionary:

asceticism

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "asceticism"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "asceticism"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "asceticism" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/asceticism

Google Dictionary:

asceticism

Audio: English pronunciation of "asceticism"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

asceticism

Audio: North American pronunciation of "asceticism"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=asceti​04 word=asceticism

YourDictionary Audio:

asceticism

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "asceticism" by speech synthesizer

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