as·​ce·​sis ə-ˈsē-səs How to pronounce ascesis (audio)
variants or less commonly
plural asceses ə-ˈsē-(ˌ)sēz How to pronounce ascesis (audio) also askeses ə-ˈskē-(ˌ)sēz How to pronounce ascesis (audio)

Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1797, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ascesis was circa 1797

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Cite this Entry

“Ascesis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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