- sparing or moderate in eating and drinking; temperate in diet.
- characterized by abstinence: an abstemious life.
- sparing: an abstemious diet.
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He ate on, rapidly but abstemiously, and finished before Mr. Bylash, who had had twenty minutes' start of him.Queed
Henry Sydnor Harrison
- moderate or sparing, esp in the consumption of alcohol or food; temperate
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Word Origin and History for abstemiously
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.