abstemious

[ ab-stee-mee-uhs ]
/ æbˈsti mi əs /

adjective

sparing or moderate in eating and drinking; temperate in diet.
characterized by abstinence: an abstemious life.
sparing: an abstemious diet.

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Origin of abstemious

1615–25; < Latin abstēmius, equivalent to abs- abs- + tēm- (base of tēmētum intoxicating drink) + -ius -ious

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British Dictionary definitions for abstemious

abstemious
/ (əbˈstiːmɪəs) /

adjective

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

Derived forms of abstemious

abstemiously, adverbabstemiousness, noun

Word Origin for abstemious

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