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A form of self-discipline, often religiously motivated, based on the virtue of renunciation. Living an ascetic lifestyle involves giving up various worldly pleasures, such as sexual activity, overeating, or material gain.

Example: A successful investment analyst gives up his Manhattan penthouse and retires to a small town where he can avoid the intense stimulation of city life.

APA Reference
Grinnell, R. (2018). Asceticism. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 14, 2020, from