Origin of abstemious
Synonyms for abstemious
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
Word Origin 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.