- sparing or moderate in eating and drinking; temperate in diet.
- characterized by abstinence: an abstemious life.
- sparing: an abstemious diet.
Origin of abstemious
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Examples from the Web for abstemiousness
Oh, hang your abstemiousness; it is d——d unfriendly to eat so little!Paul Clifford, Complete
Of true Puritan abstemiousness, his only indulgence was chewing tobacco.The Crisis, Complete
His abstemiousness is remarkable, and he will not feed during the night.The Desert World
True, I've since made call at an hotel, but you don't give me credit for my abstemiousness!Gwen Wynn
I feel that my abstemiousness, implying as it does a jaded palate and an aristocratic indigestion, is highly fashionable.Bizarre
- moderate or sparing, esp in the consumption of alcohol or food; temperate
Word Origin and History for abstemiousness
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.