• synonyms


See more synonyms for abstemious on Thesaurus.com
  1. sparing or moderate in eating and drinking; temperate in diet.
  2. characterized by abstinence: an abstemious life.
  3. sparing: an abstemious diet.
Show More

Origin of abstemious

1615–25; < Latin abstēmius, equivalent to abs- abs- + tēm- (base of tēmētum intoxicating drink) + -ius -ious
Related formsab·ste·mi·ous·ly, adverbab·ste·mi·ous·ness, nounnon·ab·ste·mi·ous, adjectivenon·ab·ste·mi·ous·ly, adverbnon·ab·ste·mi·ous·ness, nouno·ver·ab·ste·mi·ous, adjectiveo·ver·ab·ste·mi·ous·ly, adverbo·ver·ab·ste·mi·ous·ness, nounun·ab·ste·mi·ous, adjectiveun·ab·ste·mi·ous·ly, adverbun·ab·ste·mi·ous·ness, noun

Synonyms for abstemious

See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for abstemious

ascetic, austere, continent, frugal, moderate, restrained, sober, sparing, temperate, self-denying, abstinent, moderating

Examples from the Web for abstemious

Historical Examples of abstemious

  • He was however naturally of an abstemious and recluse disposition.


    William Godwin

  • For several years he was so abstemious that he had eaten but one meal a day.

  • 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.

  • This, with good reason, is attributed to their abstemious lives.

British Dictionary definitions for abstemious


  1. moderate or sparing, esp in the consumption of alcohol or food; temperate
Show More
Derived Formsabstemiously, adverbabstemiousness, noun

Word Origin for abstemious

C17: from Latin abstēmius, from abs- ab- 1 + tēm-, from tēmētum intoxicating drink
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper