Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of abstaining; abstention.

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  • noun rare An act of abstaining; an abstention.

Etymologies

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abstain +‎ -ment

Examples

  • Atonement Day fasters of the old school to begin the evening meal, after the twenty-four hours of abstainment, with coffee and freshly-baked coffee cake of every variety.

    Fanny Herself

  • It is the custom in the household of Atonement Day fasters of the old school to begin the evening meal, after the twenty-four hours of abstainment, with coffee and freshly-baked coffee cake of every variety.

    Fanny Herself

  • I should, therefore, on the whole, strongly advise all abstainment from all connexion with him.

    Memoirs of the Court of George IV. 1820-1830 (Vol 1) From the Original Family Documents

  • The thing that I think looks most suspicious in all these measures, is the unmeasured applause which the Opposition papers give to Canning, and I hear that at Brookes's he is much the most popular man in the country; we know his avidity for popular applause, and I own I cannot but entertain some fears as to the abstainment on his part from all intrigue; the best security against this will be in the meeting of Parliament, when he will be soon brought in contact with those who are now upholding him.

    Memoirs of the Court of George IV. 1820-1830 (Vol 1) From the Original Family Documents

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