tee·​to·​tal·​ism | \ ˈtē-ˈtō-tᵊl-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce teetotalism (audio) , -ˌtō- \

Definition of teetotalism

: the principle or practice of complete abstinence from alcoholic drinks

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teetotalist \ ˈtē-​ˈtō-​tᵊl-​ist How to pronounce teetotalism (audio) , -​ˌtō-​ \ noun

Examples of teetotalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the past few years, Americans have increasingly dabbled with teetotalism. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "The world is ever more sober, nonalcoholic in Dry January, and bars in San Antonio are feeling the pinch," 25 Jan. 2020 Perhaps a sequel might suggest that Adolf Hitler’s teetotalism put him in a tetchy mood; a relaxing glass of schnapps might have kept him out of Poland. New York Times, "Sloshed, Hammered, Blotto — We’ve Been Doing It for Ages," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of teetotalism

1834, in the meaning defined above

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“Teetotalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teetotalism. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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