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Asceticism

As`cet´i`cism
n.1.The condition, practice, or mode of life, of ascetics.
Noun1.Asceticismasceticism - the doctrine that through renunciation of worldly pleasures it is possible to achieve a high spiritual or intellectual state
2.asceticism - the trait of great self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures)
3.asceticism - rigorous self-denial and active self-restraint
Synonyms: ascesis
Day of Atonement, Encratism, Friday, Lenten fare, Pythagoreanism, Pythagorism, Rechabitism, Shakerism, Spartan fare, Stoicism, Yom Kippur, abstainment, abstemiousness, abstention, abstinence, avoidance, banyan day, celibacy, chastity, cold purgatorial fires, continence, eschewal, fast, fasting, fish day, flagellation, fruitarianism, gymnosophy, hair shirt, lustration, maceration, mortification, nephalism, penance, penitence, penitential act, penitential exercise, plain living, purgation, purgatory, refraining, refrainment, repentance, sackcloth and ashes, sexual abstinence, simple diet, spare diet, teetotalism, the pledge, total abstinence, vegetarianism
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