from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality of being abstemious, temperate, or sparing in the use of food and strong drinks. It expresses a greater degree of abstinence than temperance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality or habit of being temperate, especially in the use of food and drink.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. moderation in eating and drinking
- n. restricted to bare necessities
The fact is that I am a little overfed; but the stranger in the tropics cannot eat like a native, and my abstemiousness is a surprise.
"But this here New York was inaugurated on the idea of abstemiousness in regard to the parts of speech.
January's abstemiousness has grown in relation to Christmas's excess, an increasingly commercialised response to the very commercialism that we're all feeling so hung over from.
Yet Italy's society is hardly less dynamic than Spain's, so other factors must explain its comparative abstemiousness.
In the meantime, after this one relapse at Benicia, I went on with my abstemiousness, primarily because I didn't want to drink.
In other words, Macfadden preached a sort of liberated abstemiousness -- as the subtitle of "Mr. America" has it, he "transformed the nation through sex, salad and the ultimate starvation diet."
Four years, or so, of abstemiousness, enable them to stand an election dinner; and there is no hope of broken heads among a score or two of quiet electors, who settle the business over a table.
With a rich family and a father who owned a huge whaling fleet, Hetty was raised with an abstemiousness that belied their wealth but money was certainly of interest to her.
We have 3 versions of Dr Cooper's medicinal compound this time - one brewed by Pete, one by Steve and one by Jasper - and we think that with proper abstemiousness abstention? or maybe that's just for the polliesthe supply will get us to Dutch.
Others joined forces to live in purity and harmony -- and, in some cases, profitability: for instance, the appliance makers in Amana, Iowa, and the flatware manufacturers in Oneida, N.Y. In this nation of great appetites, Sylvester Graham devoted himself to the cause of abstemiousness.