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[ab-stey-ner] /æbˈsteɪ nər/
a person who abstains from something regarded as improper or unhealthy, especially the drinking of alcoholic beverages.
a person who abstains from anything.
Origin of abstainer
1525-35; abstain + -er1
Related forms
nonabstainer, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The dipsomaniac and the abstainer are not only both mistaken, but they both make the same mistake.

    A Chesterton Calendar G. K. Chesterton
  • You have always, then, been an abstainer since you came to the colony?

    Frank Oldfield T.P. Wilson
  • The abstainer, like the Nazirite, is his own witness, his own judge.

  • The bishop asked me the other day whether I was an abstainer.

    The Bishop's Apron W. Somerset Maugham
  • Speaking as an abstainer from fermented liquors, I must really protest against these allusions to barmaids.

    The Evil Genius Wilkie Collins
  • "All right," said the major, regarding an abstainer with disfavour.

    Command William McFee
  • He was no abstainer and saw nothing wrong in entering a public-house, although it never occurred to him to do so.

    Married August Strindberg
  • The master then, being an abstainer, should also give some care to his diet.

  • And is not total abstinence the only safe side for the abstainer himself?

    The Hero of the Humber Henry Woodcock
  • The brandy I did not touch, for I have been an abstainer from my birth.

Word Origin and History for abstainer

mid-15c., "one who practices self-denial," agent noun from abstain.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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