Abstemious meaning

ăb-stēmē-əs, əb-
The definition of abstemious is someone who abstains or is moderate, often specifically in their consumption of food and beverage.

An person who suffers from anorexia is an example of someone who is abstemious.

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Moderate, esp. in eating and drinking; temperate.
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Eating and drinking in moderation.
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Characterized by abstinence or moderation.

An abstemious way of life.

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Sparing in diet; refraining from a free use of food and strong drinks; temperate; abstinent; sparing in the indulgence of the appetite or passions. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
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Sparingly used; used with temperance or moderation. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
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Characterized by abstinence.
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Marked by, or spent in, abstinence; as, an abstemious life.
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Origin of abstemious

  • From Latin abstēmius abs-, ab- away ab–1 tēmum liquor variant of tēmētum

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested in 1600. From Latin abstēmius (“abstaining from wine”); from ab, abs (“from”) + tēmus, root of tēmētum (“intoxicating drink, mead, wine”), akin to German dämlich (“stupid, silly”), Old Norse þám (“mugginess”), Old Irish tám (“death”), Sanskrit ताम्यति (tāmyati, “he becomes stunned, exhausted”).

    From Wiktionary