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Asceticism vs. Hedonism

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Main Difference

The main difference between Asceticism and Hedonism is that the Asceticism is a lifestyle of frugality and abstinence of various forms, often for spiritual goals and Hedonism is a school of thought.

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  • Asceticism (noun)

    The principles and practices of an ascetic; extreme self-denial and austerity.

  • Hedonism (noun)

    The belief that Epicureans, have insisted that pleasure of the entire mind, not just pleasure of the senses, is the highest good.

  • Hedonism (noun)

    A general devotion to the pursuit of pleasure.

Wiktionary
  • Asceticism (noun)

    severe self-discipline and avoiding of all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons

    "acts of physical asceticism"

  • Hedonism (noun)

    the pursuit of pleasure; sensual self-indulgence.

  • Hedonism (noun)

    the ethical theory that pleasure (in the sense of the satisfaction of desires) is the highest good and proper aim of human life.

Oxford Dictionary
  • Asceticism (noun)

    The condition, practice, or mode of life, of ascetics.

  • Hedonism (noun)

    The doctrine of the Hedonic sect; the pursuit of pleasure as a matter of ethical principle.

  • Hedonism (noun)

    The ethical theory which finds the explanation and authority of duty in its tendency to give pleasure.

Webster Dictionary
  • Asceticism (noun)

    the doctrine that through renunciation of worldly pleasures it is possible to achieve a high spiritual or intellectual state

  • Asceticism (noun)

    the trait of great self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures)

  • Asceticism (noun)

    rigorous self-denial and active self-restraint

  • Hedonism (noun)

    the pursuit of pleasure as a matter of ethical principle

  • Hedonism (noun)

    an ethical system that evaluates the pursuit of pleasure as the highest good

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