adjective \ab-ˈstē-mē-əs\

: not eating and drinking too much

Full Definition of ABSTEMIOUS

:  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

  1. She is known as an abstemious eater and drinker.
  2. <being abstemious diners, they avoid restaurants with all-you-can-eat buffets>


Latin abstemius, from abs- + -temius; akin to Latin temetum intoxicating drink
First Known Use: 1609


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