Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The principles or practice of teetotalers; total abstinence from intoxicating drink, or the total-abstinence movement.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The principle or practice of entire abstinence, esp. from intoxicating drinks.
- n. abstaining from alcohol
“I have not seen the quite simple objection to the causes advocated by certain wealthy idealists; causes of which the cause called teetotalism is the strongest case.”
“Then he let me exonerate Harold from the charge of intemperance, pointing out that not even after the injury and operation, nor after yesterday's cold and fatigue, had he touched any liquor; but I don't think the notion of teetotalism was gratifying, even when I called it”
“Or here as an an argument against teetotalism (though since the book was printed by the Scottish Temperance League, probably not intended as a successful one): Fire is a dangerous thing, abused.”
“Our teetotaler owner - captain was laughed at, and sneered at, by all of us because of his teetotalism.”
“It is of no avail to preach temperance and teetotalism to these people.”
“Prohibition—the legislated imposition of teetotalism on the unwilling—was an idea that had been lurking beneath the earnest pieties of the temperance movement and was transformed in the late 1840s into a rallying cry.”
“They supported teetotalism, as they knew very well that alcohol abuse was very much a source of bad family life back then.”
“Not only did he fail to campaign vigorously for election, said Twain, but Orion also sealed his electoral doom when he suddenly changed from a friendly attitude toward whiskey—which was the popular attitude—to uncompromising teetotalism, and went absolutely dry. . .”
“Or here as an an argument against teetotalism though since the book was printed by the Scottish Temperance League, probably not intended as a successful one: Fire is a dangerous thing, abused.”
“Moderate drinking has been shown in many studies to be better for us than teetotalism.”
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