[ ab-stee-mee-uhs ]
/ æbˈsti mi əs /


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

Related forms

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Examples from the Web for abstemiously

  • He ate on, rapidly but abstemiously, and finished before Mr. Bylash, who had had twenty minutes' start of him.

    Queed|Henry Sydnor Harrison

British Dictionary definitions for abstemiously


/ (əbˈstiːmɪəs) /


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

Derived Forms

abstemiously, adverbabstemiousness, noun

Word Origin for abstemious

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