• WordNet 3.6
    • adj abstemious sparing in consumption of especially food and drink "the pleasures of the table, never of much consequence to one naturally abstemious"- John Galsworthy"
    • adj abstemious marked by temperance in indulgence "abstemious with the use of adverbs","a light eater","a light smoker","ate a light supper"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are at least two words in the English language that use all of the vowels, in the correct order, and end in the letter Y: abstemiously & facetiously.
    • Abstemious Abstaining from wine. "Under his special eye Abstemious I grew up and thrived amain."
    • Abstemious Marked by, or spent in, abstinence; as, an abstemious life. "One abstemious day."
    • Abstemious Promotive of abstemiousness. "Such is the virtue of the abstemious well."
    • Abstemious 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 ."
    • Abstemious Sparingly used; used with temperance or moderation; as, an abstemious diet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."
    • abstemious Sparing in diet; moderate in the use of food and drink; temperate; abstinent.
    • abstemious Restricted; very moderate and plain; very sparing; spare: opposed to luxurious or rich: as, an abstemious diet.
    • abstemious Devoted to or spent in abstemiousness or abstinence: as, an abstemious life.
    • abstemious Promoting or favoring abstemiousness; associated with temperance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does arsenious, meaning "containing arsenic."
    • adj Abstemious abs-tēm′i-us temperate: sparing in food, drink, or enjoyments
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. abstemius,; ab, abs, + root of temetum, intoxicating drink
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. abstemiusabs, from, temetum, strong wine.


In literature:

He struck me as an abstemious man.
"Reminiscences of Charles Bradlaugh" by George W. Foote
Among the Visayans, intoxicating beverages are indulged in in differing degrees, while many are abstemious.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55" by Francisco Colin
I think I have retained the vigor of my mind more, in consequence of an abstemious diet.
"Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages" by William Andrus Alcott
Abstemious by habit, I had a particular reason for refraining from taking much wine on this night.
"The International Spy" by Allen Upward
On the same principle, the gormandizer needs more of this element than the person of abstemious habits.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
Judge Maxwell was tall and large of frame, from which the study and abstemiousness of his life had worn all superfluous flesh.
"The Bondboy" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
I find you very abstemious.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 5 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
In his apparel he was most comely, and in his diet of an abstemious temperance.
"Ringan Gilhaize" by John Galt
Oh, very well, abstemiousness generally results in comprehension, only in this case comprehension is not so simple.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
He was a very abstemious man, and his tastes were of the simplest.
"Home Life of Great Authors" by Hattie Tyng Griswold
He was extremely abstemious, his diligence was great, and his versatility wonderful.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 1" by Various
The Chinese are, however, abstemious with regard to alcoholic liquors.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
His abstemiousness caused them uneasiness, even alarm.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
But, taking them the year through, the Highlanders are a notably abstemious race.
"Our Southern Highlanders" by Horace Kephart
At the period to which we refer, the literary society of Edinburgh was by no means distinguished for its abstemiousness.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by John Mackay Wilson
Moreover, in public he was very abstemious, so much so that even the waiter noticed it.
"The Man Who Rose Again" by Joseph Hocking
It is confessed that he was one of the most abstemious of men.
"The Popes and Science" by James J. Walsh
He lived abstemiously and worked incessantly, literally day and night.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 9" by Various
Does not his work sometimes suffer from his forced abstemiousness?
"The Priestly Vocation" by Bishop Bernard Ward
I have suffered from it, and experience has made me abstemious.
"Phases of an Inferior Planet" by Ellen Glasgow

In news:

Emily Dickinson's Banquet of Abstemiousness .
Any reader of Bellow 's biography knows that he was not an abstemious man.