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abstemious (əbˈstiːmɪəs Pronunciation for abstemious



  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'

And he's also descended from Kemp's partner, the abstemious , reliable Potter.
The Australian (2004)
Anne Fowler, who was always abstemious , was having much the same thought.
Penn, John Unto The Grave
He had never in his life been so abstemious , nor so single-minded.
Clive Barker THE HELLBOUND HEART (2001)
I do appreciate that there are plenty of solo drinkers, and the more abstemious feel that opening a bottle just for one person is a waste.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
It has a lot more kick, handles with more accuracy and is less abstemious (23mpg).
Belfast Telegraph (2004)
It supplies the body with enough energy to meet its needs in times of plenty but is much more abstemious in times of famine.
Erdmann, Robert & Jones, Meirion Fats, Nutrition and Health
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)
Solowij has found a way of separating the dope smokers from the abstemious.
New Scientist (1998)


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