- abstemious (adj.) c.1600, from L. abstemius "sober, temperate," from ab(s)- "from" (see AB- (Cf. ab-)) + stem of temetum "strong drink," related to temulentus "drunken." Technically, of liquor, but extended in Latin to temperance in living generally. Related: Abstemiously; abstemiousness.
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Abstemious — Ab*ste mi*ous, a. [L. abstemius; ab, abs + root of temetum intoxicating drink.] 1. Abstaining from wine. [Orig. Latin sense.] [1913 Webster] Under his special eye Abstemious I grew up and thrived amain. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Sparing in diet;… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
abstemious — index frugal Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
abstemious — see under abstemiousness at TEMPERANCE … New Dictionary of Synonyms
abstemious — [adj] restraining behavior or appetite abstinent, ascetic, austere, continent, frugal, moderate, moderating, restrained, self denying, self restrained, sober, sparing, temperate; concept 401 Ant. gluttonous, greedy, hungry … New thesaurus
abstemious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not self indulgent, especially as regards eating and drinking. DERIVATIVES abstemiously adverb abstemiousness noun. ORIGIN Latin abstemius, from ab from + a word related to temetum alcoholic liquor … English terms dictionary
abstemious — [ab stē′mē əs, əbstē′mē əs] adj. [L abstemius, abstaining from alcoholic liquor < ab(s) , from + root of temetum, strong drink] 1. moderate, esp. in eating and drinking; temperate 2. characterized by abstinence … English World dictionary
abstemious — /əbˈstimiəs / (say uhb steemeeuhs) adjective 1. moderate in the use of food and drink; sparing in diet; temperate: *At dinner my usually abstemious husband was led on by his brother –patrick white, 1976. 2. characterised by abstinence: *He was… … Australian English dictionary
abstemious — abstemiously, adv. abstemiousness, n. /ab stee mee euhs/, adj. 1. sparing or moderate in eating and drinking; temperate in diet. 2. characterized by abstinence: an abstemious life. 3. sparing: an abstemious diet. [1615 25; < L abstemius, equiv.… … Universalium
abstemious — adjective /æbˈstɛmi.əs/ a) Abstaining from wine. Under his special eye Abstemious I grew up and thrived amain. b) Sparing in diet; refraining from a free use of food and strong drinks; temperate; abstinent; sparing in the indulgence of the… … Wiktionary
abstemious — adjective Etymology: Latin abstemius, from abs + temius; akin to Latin temetum intoxicating drink Date: 1609 marked by restraint especially in the consumption of food or alcohol; also reflecting such restraint < an abstemious diet > •… … New Collegiate Dictionary