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Friday, June 05, 2009

Definitions for abstemious

  1. sparing or moderate in eating and drinking; temperate in diet.
  2. characterized by abstinence: an abstemious life.
  3. sparing: an abstemious diet.

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Citations for abstemious
Mr. Hall was no bon vivant: he was naturally an abstemious man, indifferent to luxury; but Boultby and Helstone both liked good cookery… Charlotte Brontë, Shirley, 1849
As a system, he was rigidly abstemious. For days together he would drink nothing but water, eat nothing but bread, or hard biscuit, or a couple of eggs… Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton, Lucretia, 1846
Origin of abstemious
Abstemious derives from the Latin tēmētum meaning "intoxicating drink." It entered English in the early 1600s.