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abstemious

[ab-stee-mee-uh s] /æbˈsti mi əs/
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
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin abstēmius, equivalent to abs- abs- + tēm- (base of tēmētum intoxicating drink) + -ius -ious
Related forms
abstemiously, adverb
abstemiousness, noun
nonabstemious, adjective
nonabstemiously, adverb
nonabstemiousness, noun
overabstemious, adjective
overabstemiously, adverb
overabstemiousness, noun
unabstemious, adjective
unabstemiously, adverb
unabstemiousness, noun
Synonyms
ascetic, abstinent, temperate, nonindulgent.
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British Dictionary definitions for over abstemious

abstemious

/əbˈstiːmɪəs/
adjective
1.
moderate or sparing, esp in the consumption of alcohol or food; temperate
Derived Forms
abstemiously, adverb
abstemiousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin abstēmius, from abs-ab-1 + tēm-, from tēmētum intoxicating drink
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Word Origin and History for over abstemious

abstemious

adj.

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.

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