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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Mastery over the senses; abstinence from pleasures of sense; self-control, as exercised in fasting and continence, especially the latter.

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  • "To preserve evangelical encraty, and to restrain fanatical asceticism, was the spirit of early Christianity, as one sees int he ethics of Hermas." -- Introductory Note To Tatian the Assyrian by J. E. Ryland, Ante-Nicene Fathers: Vol II

    May 25, 2010