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a total abstainer from alcoholic drink, esp a member of the Independent Order of Rechabites, a society devoted to abstention
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C14: via Medieval Latin from Hebrew Rēkābīm descendants of Rēkāb. See Jeremiah 35:6
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  • "I always tell Mrs. Hancock that her wine would cause a rechabite to recant," he observed gaily.

    Arundel Edward Frederic Benson
  • I was born near it, and used to drink at that pump when I was a rechabite of six years old.

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