follow Dictionary.com

Word of the Day
Thursday, January 16, 2003

Definitions for abstemious

  1. Sparing in eating and drinking; temperate; abstinent.
  2. Sparingly used or consumed; used with temperance or moderation.
  3. Marked by or spent in abstinence.

Learn something
new every day


GET OUR


Thank youfor signing up
Get the Word of the Day Email
Citations for abstemious
They were healthy and abstemious; their chief pleasure was reading and Oliver was a life member of the London Library. Sylvia Townsend Warner, The Music at Long Verney
For a man who trafficked in excess, he was surprisingly abstemious. Ralph Blumenthal, Stork Club
Origin of abstemious
1615-1625
Abstemious comes from Latin abstemius, from ab-, abs-, "away from" + the root of temetum, "intoxicating drink."