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ASCETICISM

 Dictionary entry overview: What does asceticism mean? 

ASCETICISM (noun)
  The noun ASCETICISM has 3 senses:

1. the doctrine that through renunciation of worldly pleasures it is possible to achieve a high spiritual or intellectual state
2. the trait of great self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures)
3. rigorous self-denial and active self-restraint

  Familiarity information: ASCETICISM used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ASCETICISM (noun)


Sense 1asceticism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The doctrine that through renunciation of worldly pleasures it is possible to achieve a high spiritual or intellectual state

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("asceticism" is a kind of...):

doctrine; ism; philosophical system; philosophy; school of thought (a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school)


Sense 2asceticism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The trait of great self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

austerity; nonindulgence; asceticism

Hypernyms ("asceticism" is a kind of...):

self-denial; self-discipline (the trait of practicing self discipline)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "asceticism"):

monasticism (asceticism as a form of religious life; usually conducted in a community under a common rule and characterized by celibacy and poverty and obedience)


Sense 3asceticism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Rigorous self-denial and active self-restraint

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

ascesis; asceticism

Hypernyms ("asceticism" is a kind of...):

self-control; self-denial; self-discipline (the act of denying yourself; controlling your impulses)


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