Definitions for abstemiousæbˈsti mi əs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ab•ste•mi•ousæbˈsti mi əs(adj.)

  1. sparing in eating and drinking; temperate.

  2. characterized by abstinence.

Origin of abstemious:

1615–25; < L abstēmius=abs-abs - +-tēmius, akin to tēmētum intoxicating drink; see -ous

ab•ste′mi•ous•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abstemious(adj)

    sparing in consumption of especially food and drink

    "the pleasures of the table, never of much consequence to one naturally abstemious"- John Galsworthy

  2. abstemious, light(a)(adj)

    marked by temperance in indulgence

    "abstemious with the use of adverbs"; "a light eater"; "a light smoker"; "ate a light supper"

Wiktionary

  1. abstemious(Adjective)

    Abstaining from wine.

    Under his special eye Abstemious I grew up and thrived amain. - John Milton

  2. abstemious(Adjective)

    Sparing in diet; refraining from a free use of food and strong drinks; temperate; abstinent; sparing in the indulgence of the appetite or passions.

    Instances of longevity are chiefly among the abstemious - John Arbuthnot.

  3. abstemious(Adjective)

    Sparingly used; used with temperance or moderation

    an abstemious diet - Edward Gibbon

  4. abstemious(Adjective)

    Marked by, or spent in, abstinence; as, an abstemious life.

    One abstemious day. - Alexander Pope

  5. abstemious(Adjective)

    Promotive of abstemiousness

    Such is the virtue of the abstemious well. - John Dryden

  6. Origin: First attested in 1600. From abstemius; from ab, abs + root of temetum.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abstemious(adj)

    abstaining from wine

  2. Abstemious(adj)

    sparing in diet; refraining from a free use of food and strong drinks; temperate; abstinent; sparing in the indulgence of the appetite or passions

  3. Abstemious(adj)

    sparingly used; used with temperance or moderation; as, an abstemious diet

  4. Abstemious(adj)

    marked by, or spent in, abstinence; as, an abstemious life

  5. Abstemious(adj)

    promotive of abstemiousness


Translations for abstemious

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

abstemious(adjective)

taking little food, drink etc

She was being very abstemious as she was trying to lose weight; an abstemious young man.

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