For this they work most energetically; living in the most abstemious manner, in order that they may not break into their hoard.
He was however naturally of an abstemious and recluse disposition.
My father was an abstemious man, and although invited to stop and liquor, declined doing so.
For several years he was so abstemious that he had eaten but one meal a day.
Indeed he was no match for Commendone, with his long training, and clean, abstemious life.
All through their lives they should be most careful and abstemious in their diet.
And yet, of all men, he was the most abstemious–he could drink or let it alone.
This, with good reason, is attributed to their abstemious lives.
Chast himself, and requires his Attendants to be so.And as he is abstemious in his eating, so in the use of women.
abstemious in herself, and in apparel void of all vain ornaments.
c.1600, from Latin abstemius "sober, temperate," from ab(s)- "from" (see ab-) + stem of temetum "strong drink," related to temulentus "drunken." Technically, of liquor, but extended in Latin to temperance in living generally. Related: Abstemiously; abstemiousness.