from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who abstains; esp., one who abstains from the use of intoxicating liquors.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who abstains; specifically, one who abstains from the use of intoxicating liquors; a teetotaler.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who refrains from drinking intoxicating beverages
- n. someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline
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So...do you identify as an abstainer or a moderator?
Re Lent, Bierce put it best: the abstainer is a weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.
An abstainer "abstains from everything but abstention, and especially from inactivity in the affairs of others."
I have been a hardxss crocs abstainer for the last 5 years or so.
And I salute another sugar cook (and sugar abstainer) – it is not easy to do, is it?
Perhaps this is the flip side of being an abstainer, but I've found that if I'm trying to make myself do something, I do better if I do that thing every day.
As an abstainer, I often get disapproving comments like, "It's not healthy to take such a severe approach" or "It would be better to learn how to manage yourself" or "Can't you let yourself have a little fun?"
This Wednesday, back by popular demand: Quiz -- are you a moderator or abstainer?
And because I'm more of an abstainer than a moderator, I gave these things up for the entire day, not just for a few hours.
Thus, if Beau Biden is a lifetime abstainer -- as his father seems to be -- he is at significantly greater risk for such CAD events and death.