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 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 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)