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  1. (Original Latin sense) abstaining, Abstaining from wine.
    • Milton:
    • : Under his special eye Abstemious I grew up and thrived amain.
      1. sparing, Sparing in diet; refraining from a free use of food and strong drinks; temperate; abstinent; sparing in the indulgence of the appetite or passions.
    • Arbuthnot:
    • : Instances of longevity are chiefly among the .
      1. sparing, Sparingly used; used with temperance or moderation
    • Gibbon:
    • : an diet
      1. Marked by, or spent in, abstinence; as, an abstemious life.
    • Pope:
    • : One day.
      1. (rare) Promotive of abstemiousness
    • Dryden:
    • : Such is the virtue of the well.
    Etymology: From Latin abstemius; ab, abs + root of temetum intoxicating drink.

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