- sparing or moderate in eating and drinking; temperate in diet.
- characterized by abstinence: an abstemious life.
- sparing: an abstemious diet.
Origin of abstemious
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Examples from the Web for abstemious
He was however naturally of an abstemious and recluse disposition.Imogen
For several years he was so abstemious that he had eaten but one meal a day.Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
I knew he was of abstemious habit or I should have thought he had been drinking.The Moon and Sixpence
W. Somerset Maugham
All through their lives they should be most careful and abstemious in their diet.Palmistry for All
This, with good reason, is attributed to their abstemious lives.Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why
Martha M. Allen
- moderate or sparing, esp in the consumption of alcohol or food; temperate
Word Origin and History for abstemious
c.1600, from Latin abstemius "sober, temperate," from ab(s)- "from" (see ab-) + stem of temetum "strong drink," related to temulentus "drunken." Technically, of liquor, but extended in Latin to temperance in living generally. Related: Abstemiously; abstemiousness.