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Jan 13, 2015
This week’s theme
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This week’s words
apricate
ascesis
senary
arenicolous
pregustator

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ascesis

PRONUNCIATION:
(uh-SEES-is)

MEANING:
noun: The practice of severe self-discipline or self-control. Also spelled as askesis.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek askesis (exercise or training), from askein (to exercise or work). Earliest documented use: 1873.

USAGE:
“There are many adults who develop a rigid black and white dress code as a form of ascesis.”
Galina Stolyarova; Local Queen of Fashion Releases Her Second Book; The St. Petersburg Times (Russia); Feb 8, 2012.
(Here’s another example of modern ascesis from The Onion.)

See more usage examples of ascesis in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
To move freely you must be deeply rooted. -Bella Lewitzky, dancer (13 Jan 1916-2004)

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