ORIGIN: seemingly from ascetic
1 a: the condition, practice, or mode of life of an ascetic : rigorous abstention from self-indulgence
b: a disciplinary course of conduct in which certain actions (as contemplation and fasting) are performed for their intellectual, moral, or religious effect
2: the doctrine that through the renunciation of the desires of the flesh and of pleasure in worldly things and through self-mortification or self-denial one can reach a high spiritual or intellectual state
SENTENCE: It seems as if asceticism involves self-denial in at least two of its definitions.
NOTE: This word was the winning word of the fifth National Spelling Bee, which was won by Virginia Hogan.