: marked by restraint especially in the consumption of food or alcohol; also : reflecting such restraint <an abstemious diet>
— ab·ste·mi·ous·ly adverb
— ab·ste·mious·ness noun
Examples of ABSTEMIOUS
- She is known as an abstemious eater and drinker.
- <being abstemious diners, they avoid restaurants with all-you-can-eat buffets>
Origin of ABSTEMIOUS
akin to Latin temetum
First Known Use: 1609
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