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Friday, June 05, 2009

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.

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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. 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
Abstemious comes from Latin abstemius, from ab-, abs-, "away from" + the root of temetum, "intoxicating drink."