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abstemious (əbˈstiːmɪəs



  1. moderate or sparing, esp in the consumption of alcohol or food; temperate

Derived Forms

abˈstemiously  adverb
abˈstemiousness  noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin abstēmius, from abs- ab-1 + tēm-, from tēmētum intoxicating drink

Example Sentences Including 'abstemious'

He had never in his life been so abstemious , nor so single-minded.
Clive Barker THE HELLBOUND HEART (2001)
Anne Fowler, who was always abstemious , was having much the same thought.
Penn, John Unto The Grave
So she'd taken her sleeping tablet with an abstemious glass of mineral water both nights, and had still woken up like a zombie.
Cathy Kelly JUST BETWEEN US (2002)


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