asceticism asceticism


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



  1. As opportunities opened for women in the 1960s and '70s, fewer of them viewed the asceticism and confinements of religious life as a tempting career choice.
  2. What he has is charismathe visionary smile and a talent for asceticism.
  3. Some of them carried their asceticism as far as the endurasuicide by self-starvation.


  • Buddhist Monks Are Having a Louis Vuitton Scandal

    A viral video showing Buddhist monks in a private jet, enjoying extravagance like a monogram-print Louis Vuitton tote and stylish sunglasses, has Thailand's Buddhists in uproar over youth, greed, the decline of asceticism. (Who do these monks think they are, Drake?) The director-general of Thailand's Office of National Buddhism has reprimanded ... More »
    on June 17, 2013     Source: New York Magazine

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