1 sparing in consumption of especially food and drink; "the pleasures of the table, never of much consequence to one naturally abstemious"- John Galsworthy [ant: gluttonous]
2 marked by temperance in indulgence; "abstemious meals"; "a light eater"; "a light smoker"; "ate a light supper" [syn: light(a)]
- Rhymes: -iːmiəs
- (Original Latin sense) Abstaining from wine.
- Under his special eye Abstemious I grew up and thrived amain.
- Sparing in diet;
refraining from a
free use of food and strong drinks; temperate; abstinent; sparing in the indulgence of the appetite or
- Instances of longevity are chiefly among the abstemious.
- Sparingly used; used
with temperance or
- an abstemious diet
- Marked by, or spent
in, abstinence; as,
an abstemious life.
- One abstemious day.
- Promotive of
- Such is the virtue of the abstemious well.
TriviaThis word uses all five vowels just once and in alphabetical order (others are abstentious, annelidous, arsenious, casesious, facetious and fracedinous).
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