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Meaning of ABSTEMIOUS

Pronunciation:  ab'steemeeus

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [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. [adj]  marked by temperance in indulgence; "abstemious meals"; "a light eater"; "a light smoker"; "ate a light supper"
 

ABSTEMIOUS is a 10 letter word that starts with A.

 

 Synonyms: abstentious, abstinent, ascetic, ascetical, austere, light(a), spartan, temperate
 
 Antonyms: gluttonous
 
 See Also: nonindulgent

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Ab*ste"mi*ous\, a. [L. abstemius; ab, abs + root of
temetum intoxicating drink.]
1. Abstaining from wine. [Orig. Latin sense.]

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

2. 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.                           --Arbuthnot.

3. Sparingly used; used with temperance or moderation; as, an
   abstemious diet. --Gibbon.

4. Marked by, or spent in, abstinence; as, an abstemious
   life. ``One abstemious day.'' --Pope.

5. Promotive of abstemiousness. [R.]

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

 
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