the manner of life, practices, or principles of an .
the doctrine that a person can attain a high spiritual and moral state by practicing self-denial, self-mortification, and the like.
rigorous self-denial; extreme abstinence; austerity.
Contemporary Examples

Both shared an asceticism and intellectualism, encouraged by the Jesuits.
Jerry Brown’s Castro Trouble A. L. Bardach October 4, 2010

Historical Examples

Indeed, I believe some asceticism of soul to be a condition of all really great poetry.
Adventures in Criticism Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

asceticism has no place in this religion; everything in it is bright and sensible.
History of Religion Allan Menzies

He was even pious at times, and like all debauchees had periods of asceticism.
Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 4 (of 14) Elbert Hubbard

It is towards that men will strain themselves with the asceticism of saints.
The Napoleon of Notting Hill Gilbert K. Chesterton

It cannot elevate and change us without mortifying our lower nature:—here is the principle of asceticism.
An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine John Henry Cardinal Newman

Our family was warlike and given to mysticism and asceticism.
Beasts, Men and Gods Ferdinand Ossendowski

All this time religion was in abeyance, and only a weak echo of piety and asceticism remained.
The Son of a Servant August Strindberg

asceticism does not aim at a harmonious development and never could produce it.
Folkways William Graham Sumner

Not asceticism, but enjoyment develops best the faculties of man.
Browning and Dogma Ethel M. Naish

the behaviour, discipline, or outlook of an ascetic, esp of a religious ascetic
the principles of ascetic practices, esp in the early Christian Church
the theory and system of ascetic practices

1640s, from ascetic (adj.) + -ism. Sometimes also ascetism (c.1850).
asceticism [(uh-set-uh-siz-uhm)]

An austere, simple way of life in which persons renounce material pleasures and devote their energy to moral or religious purpose.

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