- 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 self-denial
The definition of asceticism is a practice in which one gets rid of worldly pleasures and focuses on thinking, particularly for religious or spiritual purposes.
A Buddhist monk is an example of someone practicing 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 the body and permits union with the divine.
(countable and uncountable, plural asceticisms)
- Resistance to sensuality was one aspect of the struggle, and asceticism was not unknown.
- Even the author of the OcOaxrt finds it necessary to defend the prophets who practised celibacy and strict asceticism against the depreciatory criticism of church members.
- Then again asceticism sometimes changes into wild libertinism.
- Again he urges, that since redemption is in Christ alone, and that, too, full redemption and on the basis of faith alone, the demand for asceticism and meaningless ceremonies is folly, and moreover robs Christ, in whom dwells the divine fulness, of His rightful supremacy (ii.
- The contemplative asceticism of the Essenes of Judaea may be mentioned, and, somewhat later, the life of the Therapeutae on the shores of Lake Moeris.