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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abstemiousadjective

    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)adjective

    marked by temperance in indulgence

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

Wiktionary

  1. abstemiousadjective

    Abstaining from wine.

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

  2. abstemiousadjective

    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. abstemiousadjective

    Sparingly used; used with temperance or moderation

    an abstemious diet - Edward Gibbon

  4. abstemiousadjective

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

    One abstemious day. - Alexander Pope

  5. abstemiousadjective

    Promotive of abstemiousness

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ABSTEMIOUSadjective

    Temperate, sober, abstinent, refraining from excess or pleasures. It is used of persons; as, an abstemious hermit: and of things; as, an abstemious diet. It is spoken likewise of things that cause temperance.

    Etymology: abstemius, Lat.

    The instances of longevity are chiefly amongst the abstemious. Abstinence in extremity will prove a mortal disease; but the experiments of it are very rare. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    Clytorean streams the love of wine expel,
    (Such is the virtue of the abstemious well)
    Whether the colder nymph that rules the flood,
    Extinguishes, and balks the drunken god:
    Or that Melampus (so have some assur’d)
    When the mad Prætides with charms he cur’d,
    And pow’rful herbs, both charms and simples cast
    Into the sober spring, where still their virtues last. John Dryden, Fab.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abstemiousadjective

    abstaining from wine

  2. Abstemiousadjective

    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. Abstemiousadjective

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

  4. Abstemiousadjective

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

  5. Abstemiousadjective

    promotive of abstemiousness

  6. Etymology: [L. abstemius; ab, abs + root of temetum intoxicating drink.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Abstemious

    abs-tēm′i-us, adj. temperate: sparing in food, drink, or enjoyments.—adv. Abstem′iously.—n. Abstem′iousness. [L. abstemiusabs, from, temetum, strong wine.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abstemious in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abstemious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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