Origin of abstemious
Examples from the Web for abstemious
Abstemious in herself, and in apparel void of all vain ornaments.No Cross, No Crown|William Penn
One object that I had in view in adopting my abstemious way of life was to save a little money to buy books.
Regarded from this point of view, a broken head is a small matter indeed, in a youth of abstemious habits and healthy life.The Record of Nicholas Freydon|A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
My father was an abstemious man, and although invited to stop and liquor, declined doing so.With Axe and Rifle|W.H.G. Kingston
The stroke of a college boat, by no means an abstemious man at ordinary times, had been compelled to forego his usual potations.'I Believe' and other essays|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
British Dictionary definitions for abstemious
Word Origin for abstemious
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.