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n. abstinence and self-denial for the purpose of spiritual discipline

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Asceticism (; from the áskesis, "exercise" or "training") is a lifestyle characterized by abstinence from worldly pleasures, often for the purpose of pursuing spiritual goals. Ascetics may withdraw from the world for their practices or continue to be part of their society, but typically include a frugal lifestyle, without desire for any material possessions or physical pleasures, fasting with time spent practicing religion or reflecting on spiritual matters.

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1. the doctrine that through renunciation of worldly pleasures it is possible to achieve a high spiritual or intellectual state
(hypernym) doctrine, philosophy, philosophical system, school of thought, ism
2. the trait of great self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures)
(synonym) austerity, nonindulgence
(hypernym) self-discipline, self-denial
(hyponym) monasticism
3. rigorous self-denial and active self-restraint
(synonym) ascesis
(hypernym) self-denial, self-discipline, self-control

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The condition, practice, or mode of life, of ascetics.

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Ascetic, Asceticism Originally exercise, practice, applied to monastic discipline and self-mortification, very much as was the Sanskrit tapas. But the true ascetic is not one who mortifies his passions, abuses his body, or suppresses his instincts, but one whose earthly desires have been consumed or transformed in the fire of devotion and knowledge. It is used in The Secret Doctrine with special reference to Siva, the "Great Ascetic," and to kumaras who have maintained their purity by refusing to create.

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