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abstemious (adj) being very moderate.

To be very controlled in such pleasures of life as drinking and eating is to be abstemious. Having self control in matters of food and alcohol makes a person abstemious. Abstemious people do give up such pleasures as a good drink, or delicious food, but as a reward enjoy good health and perhaps longevity.

  • His resolve to be abstemious melts at the sight of a good dinner and of course the inviting prospect of a good drink.
  • Her abstemious habits make her a social misfit, in spite of her charming and winsome manners.
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