• 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

In news:

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