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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Abstemious \Ab*ste"mi*ous\, a. [L. abstemius; ab, abs + root of
temetum intoxicating drink.]
1. Abstaining from wine. [Orig. Latin sense.]
Under his special eye
Abstemious I grew up and thrived amain. --Milton.
2. Sparing in diet; refraining from a free use of food and
strong drinks; temperate; abstinent; sparing in the
indulgence of the appetite or passions.
Instances of longevity are chiefly among the
3. Sparingly used; used with temperance or moderation; as, an
abstemious diet. --Gibbon.
4. Marked by, or spent in, abstinence; as, an abstemious
life. "One abstemious day." --Pope.
5. Promotive of abstemiousness. [R.]
Such is the virtue of the abstemious well. --Dryden.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adj 1: sparing in consumption of especially food and drink; "the
pleasures of the table, never of much consequence to one
naturally abstemious"- John Galsworthy [ant:
2: marked by temperance in indulgence; "abstemious with the use
of adverbs"; "a light eater"; "a light smoker"; "ate a light
supper" [syn: abstemious, light(a)]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
68 Moby Thesaurus words for "abstemious":
Apostolic, Encratic, Lenten, Pythagorean, Rechabite, Shaker,
Spartan, Stoic, abstentious, abstinent, ascetic, austere, celibate,
chaste, continent, dwarfed, dwarfish, exiguous, frugal, fruitarian,
impoverished, jejune, lean, limited, meager, mean, miserly, narrow,
nephalistic, niggardly, on the wagon, paltry, parsimonious, poor,
puny, scant, scanty, scrawny, scrimp, scrimpy, self-abnegating,
self-denying, sexually abstinent, skimp, skimpy, slender, slight,
slim, small, sober, spar, spare, sparing, starvation, stingy,
stinted, straitened, stunted, subsistence, sworn off, teetotal,
temperate, thin, unnourishing, unnutritious, vegetarian, watered,
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