[ UK /ɐbstˈiːmi‍əs/ ]
ADJECTIVE
  1. marked by temperance in indulgence
    a light eater
    ate a light supper
    a light smoker
    abstemious with the use of adverbs
  2. sparing in consumption of especially food and drink
    the pleasures of the table, never of much consequence to one naturally abstemious
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How To Use abstemious In A Sentence

  • Dowd has repeatedly mocked Obama's "abstemious" tastes and how these set him apart from the great, fat, American mainstream: John McQuaid: Dowd: More Big Macs for Barack
  • 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. Broken resolutions can be good for you | Hephzibah Anderson
  • He had never in his life been so abstemious, nor so single-minded. THE HELLBOUND HEART
  • Kept alive today more by photographers than painters, it began to emit its last gasps as a vehicle for Pop Artists in the 1960s and 1970s who wanted to revel in a consumer mania that made those Netherlandish gluttons look abstemious.
  • he ate and drank abstemiously
  • Walter, for I know he has a thousand things, and I a thousand nothings, to do; but I hope to see him at Abbotsford before very long, and I will sweat his claret for him, though Italian abstemiousness has made my brain but a shilpit concern for a Scotch sitting 'inter pocula.' Life of Lord Byron, Vol. 4 (of 6) With His Letters and Journals
  • That is not to suggest that I am a model of abstemiousness who has never made an idiot of himself after five too many.
  • 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.
  • But this here New York was inaugurated on the idea of abstemiousness in regard to the parts of speech. Sixes and Sevens
  • Taylor portrays Hitler as a sour, arrogant, abstemious spoilsport and friend to small animals.
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