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Examples of teetotaler in a Sentence
in a quandary about what to serve for the wedding toast since his future in-laws are teetotalers
Recent Examples of teetotaler from the Web
But the Chinese should remember one thing: Mr. Trump is a teetotaler, so the eventual congratulatory toasts should be nonalcoholic.
Ryland, 63, is a teetotaler and regular churchgoer who was raised on a farm and never got caught up in the wilder side of the 1960s.
This column would never criticize the President for being a teetotaler.
She's studied people who've experienced enormous trauma, including a Holocaust survivor; fitness buffs and smokers; teetotalers and those who tout a nightly martini.
Over time, teetotalers and U.S. Prohibition led to alcohol being slowly nixed from punch.
In fact, many attract teetotalers as well, said Ms. Turley.
Lucas adds that women should always designate one member of their group the teetotaler.
Ironically, writes Pat Bagley for the Religion News Service, Mormons haven’t always been teetotalers.
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Did You Know?
A person who abstains from alcohol might choose tea as his or her alternative beverage, but the word teetotaler has nothing to do with tea. More likely, the "tee" that begins the word teetotal is a reduplication of the letter "t" that begins total, emphasizing that one has pledged total abstinence. In the early 1800s, ''tee-total'' and ''tee-totally'' were used to intensify ''total'' and ''totally'' much the way we now might say, ''I'm tired with a capital T.'' ''I am now … wholly, solely, and teetotally absorbed in Wayne's business,'' wrote the folklorist Parson Weems in an 1807 letter. Teetotal and teetotaler first appeared with their current meanings in 1834, eight years after the formation of the American Temperance Society.
TEETOTALER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of teetotaler for English Language Learners
: someone who never drinks alcohol
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