abstemious

[ab-stee-mee-uhs]
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adjective
  1. sparing or moderate in eating and drinking; temperate in diet.
  2. characterized by abstinence: an abstemious life.
  3. sparing: an abstemious diet.

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

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Historical Examples of abstemiously

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

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    Henry Sydnor Harrison


British Dictionary definitions for abstemiously

abstemious

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

Word Origin for abstemious

C17: from Latin abstēmius, from abs- ab- 1 + tēm-, from tēmētum intoxicating drink
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Word Origin and History for abstemiously

abstemious

adj.

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.

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