One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Severe self-discipline and avoiding of all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons.‘acts of physical asceticism’
austerity, self-denial, abstinence, abstemiousness, non-indulgence, self-discipline, frugality, simplicity, rigour, strictness, severityView synonyms
- ‘In his time the religious energy and zeal were flowing away from the empirical world into the desert of otherworldliness, asceticism and renunciation.’
- ‘He had now experienced both the extremes of a life of ease and comfort (as a prince) and the life of extreme austerity and asceticism.’
- ‘This Pharisee was boasting, in other words, of an asceticism beyond the norm.’
- ‘With regard to marriage Luther pursues the same idea: The marital relationship between a man and a woman is true chastity and of higher value than monastic asceticism.’
- ‘The icon, in particular, is a practical form of art, dealing directly with questions of spiritual life such as holiness and asceticism.’
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