What does the word asceticism mean?

Usage examples for asceticism

  1. No, celestial love is not asceticism; it is altruism. – Primitive Love and Love-Stories by Henry Theophilus Finck
  2. Historic Christianity was accused, not entirely without reason, of carrying martyrdom and asceticism to a point, desolate and pessimistic. – Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton
  3. There was no mortification, no asceticism, which I did not practise to excess. – The Scarlet Banner by Felix Dahn