[tee-toht-l-iz-uh m, tee-toht-]


the principle or practice of total abstinence from intoxicating drink.

Origin of teetotalism

First recorded in 1825–35; teetotal + -ism
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Examples from the Web for teetotalism

Historical Examples of teetotalism

  • My own opinion is, that they were all three too strict adherents to teetotalism.

  • But teetotalism had not been invented in the days of Elizabeth.

    Sir Walter Ralegh

    William Stebbing

  • Mrs. Ogden's admiration for teetotalism was entirely theoretical.


    Philip Gilbert Hamerton

  • Personally I make no secret of the fact that I do not approve of teetotalism.

    The Bishop's Apron

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • For such poor creatures, teetotalism is the only hygienic rule.