asceticism; the condition or practice of self-denial

The Buddha tried ascetism for six years before looking for another path to enlightenment.
Historical Examples

There is no trace of ascetism in their strong, well-developed figures, and in their faces no suggestion of an unhealthy pietism.
The Madonna in Art Estelle M. Hurll

Their flesh-pots are not a few, and their table is a marvel of ascetism!
The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani

But the most curious phase of this Shinto ascetism is represented by a custom still prevalent in remote districts.
Folkways William Graham Sumner

The power of thought, to be free and fruitful, cannot flourish without the strength of ascetism.
The Trial of Oscar Wilde Anonymous

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