asceticism

Derivation

  • Greek: askesis, exercise

Article

Spiritual exercises in the pursuit of virtue. Its object is the attainment of Christian perfection, the rules and principles of which are formulated and expounded by ascetical theology.

MLA Citation

  • “asceticism”. New Catholic Dictionary. Saints.SQPN.com. 4 August 2010. Web. 17 April 2014. <http://saints.sqpn.com/asceticism/>