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definition of the word abstemious

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From Latin abstemius; ab, abs + root of temetum intoxicating drink.

abstemious (comparative more abstemious, superlative most abstemious)


more abstemious

most abstemious

  1. (Original Latin sense) Abstaining from wine.
    • Milton:
      Under his special eye Abstemious I grew up and thrived amain.
  2. Sparing in diet; refraining from a free use of food and strong drinks; temperate; abstinent; sparing in the indulgence of the appetite or passions.
    • Arbuthnot:
      Instances of longevity are chiefly among the abstemious.
  3. Sparingly used; used with temperance or moderation
  4. Marked by, or spent in, abstinence; as, an abstemious life.
    • Pope:
      One abstemious day.
  5. (rare) Promotive of abstemiousness
    • Dryden:
      Such is the virtue of the abstemious well.

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