Definition of ascesis in English:


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Pronunciation: /əˈsiːsɪs


[mass noun]
  • The practice of severe self-discipline, typically for religious reasons.
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    • Those scriptures that contain prescriptions for worshipping gods, sacrifices, donations, ascesis and other rituals, have been prepared by wise men only to keep people subjugated.
    • Through daily ascesis, even in periods of no external persecution, the monastics testify to the martyrdom of conscience.
    • Hence, monastics are continuously involved in ascesis in order to rid their selves of the heavy burden of self-idolization and self-love.


late 19th century: from Greek askēsis 'training', from askein 'to exercise'.

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