Thursday, January 16, 2003
Definitions for abstemious
- Sparing in eating and drinking; temperate; abstinent.
- Sparingly used or consumed; used with temperance or moderation.
- Marked by or spent in abstinence.
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Citations for abstemious
They were healthy and abstemious; their chief pleasure was reading and Oliver was a life member of the London Library.
For a man who trafficked in excess, he was surprisingly abstemious.
Origin of abstemious
Abstemious comes from Latin abstemius, from ab-, abs-, "away from" + the root of temetum, "intoxicating drink."