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noun 
  1. The act or practice of abstaining, refraining from indulge, indulging a desire.
The 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 , / To punish bodies for the soul's offense. - w:John Dryden, John Dryden
Etymology: From the abstinence, from the abstinentia, from abstinere; see abstain.


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