Definitions

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  • n. Abstinence from the consumption of alcohol.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The principle or practice of entire abstinence, esp. from intoxicating drinks.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The principles or practice of teetotalers; total abstinence from intoxicating drink, or the total-abstinence movement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. abstaining from alcohol

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Examples

  • I have not seen the quite simple objection to the causes advocated by certain wealthy idealists; causes of which the cause called teetotalism is the strongest case.

    All Things Considered

  • Then he let me exonerate Harold from the charge of intemperance, pointing out that not even after the injury and operation, nor after yesterday's cold and fatigue, had he touched any liquor; but I don't think the notion of teetotalism was gratifying, even when I called it

    My Young Alcides

  • Or here as an an argument against teetotalism (though since the book was printed by the Scottish Temperance League, probably not intended as a successful one): Fire is a dangerous thing, abused.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » “Government Is Not Reason, It Is Not Eloquence — It Is Force”

  • Our teetotaler owner - captain was laughed at, and sneered at, by all of us because of his teetotalism.

    Chapter 16

  • It is of no avail to preach temperance and teetotalism to these people.

    DRINK, TEMPERANCE, AND THRIFT

  • Prohibition—the legislated imposition of teetotalism on the unwilling—was an idea that had been lurking beneath the earnest pieties of the temperance movement and was transformed in the late 1840s into a rallying cry.

    LAST CALL

  • They supported teetotalism, as they knew very well that alcohol abuse was very much a source of bad family life back then.

    mikandra: I agree and I don't agree

  • Not only did he fail to campaign vigorously for election, said Twain, but Orion also sealed his electoral doom when he suddenly changed from a friendly attitude toward whiskey—which was the popular attitude—to uncompromising teetotalism, and went absolutely dry. . .

    LIGHTING OUT FOR THE TERRITORY

  • Or here as an an argument against teetotalism though since the book was printed by the Scottish Temperance League, probably not intended as a successful one: Fire is a dangerous thing, abused.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » “Government Is Not Reason, It Is Not Eloquence — It Is Force”

  • Moderate drinking has been shown in many studies to be better for us than teetotalism.

    A is for Alcohol

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  • It's simple, you guys. Teetotalism is the act of taking a head count when my family has a reunion. :-)

    July 3, 2008

  • Personally, I'm a teepartialler. I'm partial to a drop. Verbal Arms, anyone?

    July 3, 2008

  • Perhaps an abstention from teats? Poor little calves, they have no choice but to become teatotallers.

    July 3, 2008

  • Ha ha ha dontcry I too tea-totally agree - I used to think the same thing, and wonder what on earth not-drinking had to do with golfing. Seemed like the people my parents hung out with liked to do a lot of genteelly drunken golfing.

    July 3, 2008

  • I capital T Totally agree.

    July 3, 2008

  • I would think that teetotalism would be the abstention from teets, and/or possibly even from golfing. I always thought of a person who doesn't imbibe as a person who totally prefers "tea" and therefore is a "teatotaller."

    But I think the bigger question here is how does this relate to teatotalitarianism, and, of course, teetotalitarianism, as well...?

    July 3, 2008

  • Nephalism, temperance, abstinence and restraint are synonyms for teetotalism. Abstinence and restraint have other, sometimes sexual connotations.

    Numerous idioms and slang terms imply abstinence from alcohol. Common American terms includes "on the wagon," which frequently means those who have had a problem with alcohol, as well as the terms "dry" and "sober." "Straight-edge" is one of the newer idioms for abstaining from alcohol and other intoxicants.

    July 3, 2008