Definition of asceticism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

asceticism

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//əˈsetɪsɪzəm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈsetɪsɪzəm//
 
[uncountable]
 
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the practice of living in a simple and strict way, without physical pleasures, especially for religious reasons a life of private prayer and asceticism