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Spiritual effort or exercise in the pursuit of virtue. The purpose is to grow in Christian perfection. Its principles and norms are expanded in ascetical theology. (Etym. Greek ask_tikos, literally, given to exercise; industrious; applied to hermits who strictly exercised themselves in religious devotion.)
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