Sorry, no definitions found. Check out and contribute to the discussion of this word!


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word absteniously.


    Sorry, no example sentences found.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Plutarch relates, that Adda, queen of Candia, in gratitude for some favor conferred, sent the Macedonian conqueror all sorts of exquisite and rare viands, and the most skilful cooks in her dominions: Alexander returned both the meat and the cooks, with this memorable message, that, he "stood not in need of these delicacies, his tutor, Leonidas, having recommended to him, long before, some of the best cooks in the world, who instructed him to rise early, to take exercise, and to relish a plain supper--to dine absteniously.

    --Walker's Hibernian Magazine, 1811, p. 400

    February 11, 2008