ascesis

noun
as·ce·sis | \ə-ˈsē-səs \
variants: or less commonly \ə-ˈskē-səs \
plural asceses\-ˈsē-(ˌ)sēz \ also askeses\-ˈskē-(ˌ)sēz \

Definition of ascesis 

First Known Use of ascesis

circa 1797, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ascesis

Late Latin or Greek; Late Latin, from Greek askēsis, literally, exercise, from askein

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