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What does "Abstemious" mean?

Definition

(a.) Abstaining from wine (a.) Marked by, or spent in, abstinence; as, an abstemious life (a.) Promotive of abstemiousness (a.) Sparing in diet; refraining from a free use of food and strong drinks; temperate; abstinent; sparing in the indulgence of the appetite or passions (a.) Sparingly used; used with temperance or moderation; as, an abstemious diet


Synonyms light, austere, ascetic, spartan, temperate, abstinent, abstentious, ascetical


Example: "Abstemious meals" Example: "The pleasures of the table, never of much consequence to one naturally abstemious- John Galsworthy"


Word Family abstemiously, abstemiousness