The condition training or mode of lifetime of ascetics
- the doctrine that through renunciation of worldly pleasures you are able to attain a higher spiritual or intellectual state
- the characteristic of great self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures)
- thorough self-denial and active self-restraint
- the disorder, practice, or mode of life, of ascetics.
1640s, from ascetic (adj.) + -ism. Often additionally ascetism (c.1850).
(Gr. askesis, workout) the scene -- occasionally appearing in conjunction with faith, especially the Christian and Buddhistic one, and/or striving for personal excellence or salvation, for self yet others -- your human anatomy is an evil and a detriment to a moral, spiritual, and god-pleasing life. Ergo the unfavorable adjustments to all-natural functions, desires, as well as requires, manifesting by themselves in abnegation of pleasures, denial of enjoyments, non-gratification of senses, stifling of actual cravings, including self-torture which will be meant to allay or destroy down actual and worldly longings by destroying their particular root, in preparation for a happier, possibly desireless future, in a post mortem presence. -- K.F.L.
(n.) The illness, training, or mode of life, of ascetics.
Koevos, common, and (Los, life), one who shares this life of withdrawal with others in a community (see Asceticism and Monasticism).