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abstemiousness (əbˈstiːmɪəsnɪs) 



  1. (formal) temperance or moderation, esp in the consumption of food or alcohol

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 'abstemiousness'

The traditional values of thrift and abstemiousness can actually be counter-productive if you lose your job.
Pimlott, Ben Frustrate Their Knavish Tricks
What better than a trophy of collapsed capitalist conceit as a symbol of the new abstemiousness ?
Times, Sunday Times (2002)


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