Complete Definition of "abstinence"

English
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Etymology
From the F. abstinence, from the L. abstinentia, from abstinere; see abstain.

Noun
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  1. The act or practice of abstaining, refraining from indulge|indulging a desire.

#:The abstinence from a present pleasure that offers itself is a pain, nay, oftentimes, a very great one. - w:John Locke|John Locke

  1. Specifically, the practice of abstaining from intoxicating/alcoholic beverages (also called total abstinence, teetotalism).
  2. Specifically, the practice of abstaining from sexual intercourse, either permanently or until marriage.
  3. The practice of self-denial by depriving one's self (partly or totally) of certain kinds of food or drink, especially meat.

#:Penance, fasts, and abstinence, / To punish bodies for the soul's offense. - w:John Dryden|John Dryden

Translations
trans-top|the act or practice of abstaining
Dutch: onthouding f
Finnish: pidättyminen
German: Enthaltsamkeit f, Abstinenz f
trans-mid
Norwegian: t|no|avhold|n, t|no|avholdenhet|m
Serbioan: uzdržljivost, samoodricanje, uzdržavanje, umerenost, trezvenost, trezvenjaštvo
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trans-top|specifically, abstinence from alcohol
Dutch: alcoholonthouding f, geheelonthouding f (more frequent)
German: Abstinenz f
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Norwegian: t|no|avhold|n, t|no|avholdenhet|m
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trans-top|specifically, abstinence from sexual intercourse
Dutch: onthouding f
German: Keuschheit f
trans-mid
Norwegian: t|no|avhold|n, t|no|avholdenhet|m
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trans-top|the practice of self-denial
Dutch: onthouding f
German: Enthaltsamkeit f
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Norwegian: t|no|avhold|n, t|no|avholdenhet|m
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ttbc|French: abstinence f
ttbc|Interlingua: abstinentia
ttbc|Interlingua: abstinentia de alcohol
ttbc|Portuguese: abstinência f
ttbc|Spanish: abstinencia f
ttbc|Spanish: abstinencia del alcohol

See also
abstention
continence

References
Webster 1913

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