tee·​to·​tal·​ism ˈtē-ˈtō-tᵊl-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce teetotalism (audio)
: the principle or practice of complete abstinence from alcoholic drinks
teetotalist noun

Examples of teetotalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among Cogswell’s obsessions was teetotalism. John Kelly, Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2022 Colorado Off-Slope Experience Even though Utah has a reputation for tilting toward teetotalism, this battle isn’t a walkover for Colorado. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Dec. 2022 For the past few years, Americans have increasingly dabbled with teetotalism. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, 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, 30 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of teetotalism was in 1834

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“Teetotalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teetotalism. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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