abstemious [ab- stee-mee- uh s] Synonyms Examples Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com sparing or moderate in eating and drinking; temperate in diet. characterized by abstinence: an abstemious life. sparing: an abstemious diet. Origin of abstemious 1615–25;
intoxicating drink) +
-ius -ious Related forms ab·ste·mi·ous·ly, adverb ab·ste·mi·ous·ness, noun non·ab·ste·mi·ous, adjective non·ab·ste·mi·ous·ly, adverb non·ab·ste·mi·ous·ness, noun o·ver·ab·ste·mi·ous, adjective o·ver·ab·ste·mi·ous·ly, adverb o·ver·ab·ste·mi·ous·ness, noun un·ab·ste·mi·ous, adjective un·ab·ste·mi·ous·ly, adverb un·ab·ste·mi·ous·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for abstemiously Historical Examples He ate on, rapidly but abstemiously, and finished before Mr. Bylash, who had had twenty minutes' start of him. Queed
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British Dictionary definitions for abstemiously moderate or sparing, esp in the consumption of alcohol or food; temperate Derived Forms abstemiously, adverb abstemiousness, noun Word Origin
C17: from Latin
abstēmius, from abs- ab- 1 + tēm-, from tēmētum intoxicating drink
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Word Origin and History for abstemiously abstemious adj.
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.
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