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  • v. Present participle of abstain.


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  • His piety and wisdom were proverbial among his countrymen at an early period; probably owing to that noble proof he gave of faithfulness, combined with wisdom, in abstaining from the food sent to him from the king's table, as being polluted by the idolatries usual at heathen banquets (Da 1: 8-16).

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • US abstaining from the resolution means nothing much at all.

    Matthew Yglesias » Olmert Claims to Control US Foreign Policy

  • He'll be abstaining from a lot of votes, then, if he's a man of his word!

    TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

  • Now, if AP really wants to make a point, it should see how many Television Critics Association members it can talk into abstaining from the tour (since they are print and online journalists).

    Archive 2006-07-01

  • When the Emir heard this, he cried out and the tears ran down his cheeks and he exclaimed, “By Allah, from the world abstaining is the wisest course and the sole assaining!”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Rejoined the Queen, I would not trust thee though thou shouldst swear to me an hundred oaths; for such abstaining is not possible, and I know thee to be a son of Adam for whom no oath is sacred.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Here the difficulty in abstaining from quotation is less, seeing that it would be difficult to find any extract short enough not to be spoilt by condensation.

    Maria Edgeworth

  • The practice of the Jews in abstaining from eating this in the flesh of animals, is not founded on the law of Moses, but is merely

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Without the slightest assumption of credit to this Journal for having done anything beyond its duty in abstaining from cynical or hostile comment upon the frightful struggle in the West, we may fairly assert that at no period of the war have we permitted ourselves to be irritated into printing aught that, on its re-perusal when the contest shall be over, can properly give offence to American readers.

    London: Saturday, October 8, 1864

  • 'To be miserable,' answered Orlando, 'in abstaining from what is wrong.

    The Old Manor House


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