abstemious

[ ab-stee-mee-uhs ]
/ æbˈsti mi əs /

adjective

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
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abstemious

/ (əbˈstiːmɪəs) /

adjective

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 abstemiousness

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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