Meaning of “abstemious” in the English Dictionary

"abstemious" in British English

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uk /æbˈstiː.mi.əs/ us /æbˈstiː.mi.əs/ formal
adverb uk /æbˈstiː.mi.ə us /æbˈstiː.mi.ə


  • He was sober and abstemious in his food, and simple to an extreme in his garments.
  • His life was as abstemious and regular as his means were small.
  • It is acknowledged even by his enemies, that in regard to wine, he was abstemious.
  • One object that I had in view in adopting my abstemious way of life was to save a little money to buy books.
  • Though compactly built, he was generally spare and wasted from incessant studies, hard labor, and an abstemious life.

(Definition of “abstemious” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)