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English noun: asceticism

1. asceticism (cognition) the doctrine that through renunciation of worldly pleasures it is possible to achieve a high spiritual or intellectual state

Broader (hypernym)doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought

2. asceticism (attribute) the trait of great self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures)

Synonymsausterity, nonindulgence

Broader (hypernym)self-denial, self-discipline

Narrower (hyponym)monasticism

3. asceticism (act) rigorous self-denial and active self-restraint


Broader (hypernym)self-control, self-denial, self-discipline

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