abstemious

[ab-stee-mee-uhs]
adjective
1.
sparing or moderate in eating and drinking; temperate in diet.
2.
characterized by abstinence: an abstemious life.
3.
sparing: an abstemious diet.

Origin:
1615–25; < Latin abstēmius, equivalent to abs- abs- + tēm- (base of tēmētum intoxicating drink) + -ius -ious

abstemiously, adverb
abstemiousness, noun
nonabstemious, adjective
nonabstemiously, adverb
nonabstemiousness, noun
overabstemious, adjective
overabstemiously, adverb
overabstemiousness, noun
unabstemious, adjective
unabstemiously, adverb
unabstemiousness, noun


ascetic, abstinent, temperate, nonindulgent.
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abstemious (əbˈstiːmɪəs)
 
adj
moderate or sparing, esp in the consumption of alcohol or food; temperate
 
[C17: from Latin abstēmius, from abs-ab-1 + tēm-, from tēmētum intoxicating drink]
 
ab'stemiously
 
adv
 
ab'stemiousness
 
n

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abstemious
c.1600, from L. abstemius "sober, temperate," from ab(s)- "from" + stem of temetum "strong drink," related to temulentus "drunken." Technically, of liquor, but extended in Latin to temperance in living generally.
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Example sentences
Smokers tend to die younger than do their abstemious peers, by nearly a decade.
His energy and optimism were a tribute, perhaps, to the abstemious life he
  advocated.
The mix-and-match offerings will satisfy both the abstemious snacker and the
  diner hungry for a full meal.
It is one of the ways the government hopes to lure tourists from the rest of
  the generally abstemious region.
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