Adjective "abstemious" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Indulging only very moderately in something, especially food and drink.
  1. 'Taylor portrays Hitler as a sour, arrogant, abstemious spoilsport and friend to small animals.'
  2. 'On the other hand, I have hardly seen any pals because they are down the pub, so my main support now is Phil, an abstemious, gay, Welsh dancer who seems quite pleased that I share one of his lifestyle choices.'
  3. 'Both were abstemious by nature, but knew how to enjoy themselves and were interesting company.'
  4. 'He took seriously his pledge made at the outset of the war that he would live a frugal and abstemious existence as long as the war lasted.'
  5. 'There is a trend for alcohol limits to become tighter - a trend more related to the increasing sobriety of the wider political climate than to the emergence of epidemiological evidence justifying a more abstemious policy.'
  6. 'Robinson, famed for his Christian beliefs and his abstemious lifestyle, also found time to have lunch with his mother, who still lives in Leeds.'
  7. 'There's still the same warm smile and shock of black hair, and there's clearly something to be said for her abstemious lifestyle for she looks a decade younger than it says on her birth certificate.'
  8. 'Left to my own devices, I am an abstemious person, as innocent as a baby and jaw-droppingly naive.'
  9. 'In personality they were frugal, abstemious, shrewd, accumulative, and solitary.'
  10. 'When he sits down to celebrate his 40th birthday next Wednesday, this most abstemious of professionals can raise a glass to himself and genuinely declare he could not have done any more or any better.'


1. sparing or moderate in eating and drinking; temperate in diet.

2. characterized by abstinence: an abstemious life.

3. sparing: an abstemious diet.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be abstemious in ways."

"people can be abstemious during hours."

"people can be abstemious."

"youths can be abstemious."

"styles can be abstemious."

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Early 17th century: from Latin abstemius, (from ab- ‘from’ + a word related to temetum ‘alcoholic drink’) + -ous.