What are the opposite words for indulgence?

Indulgence is a word that denotes satisfaction, gratification or fulfillment. Its opposite is self-denial or abstinence, which is an act of deliberately refusing oneself something. Other antonyms of indulgence include restraint, moderation, austerity, and self-discipline. These words are different shades of meaning but convey the idea of exercising control over oneself. Denial and abstinence require a stricter approach to life, whereas restraint and moderation are more measured in their approach. Self-discipline and austerity imply sacrifice or hardship, but ultimately lead to a greater sense of inner strength and satisfaction. Choosing to abstain or exercise restraint can be challenging, but it can also offer rewards by allowing us to focus on priorities and goals, and avoiding distractions.

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split down the middle
combine, join.