Abstainer to Abuse

(Ab*stain"er) n. One who abstains; esp., one who abstains from the use of intoxicating liquors.

(Ab*ste"mi*ous) a. [L. abstemius; ab, abs + root of temetum intoxicating drink.]

1. Abstaining from wine. [Orig. Latin sense.]

Under his special eye
Abstemious I grew up and thrived amain.

2. Sparing in diet; refraining from a free use of food and strong drinks; temperate; abstinent; sparing in the indulgence of the appetite or passions.

Instances of longevity are chiefly among the abstemious.

3. Sparingly used; used with temperance or moderation; as, an abstemious diet. Gibbon.

4. Marked by, or spent in, abstinence; as, an abstemious life. "One abstemious day." Pope.

5. Promotive of abstemiousness. [R.]

Such is the virtue of the abstemious well.

(Ab*ste"mi*ous*ness), n. The quality of being abstemious, temperate, or sparing in the use of food and strong drinks. It expresses a greater degree of abstinence than temperance.

(Ab*sten"tion) a. [F. See Abstain.] The act of abstaining; a holding aloof. Jer. Taylor.

(Ab*sten"tious) a. Characterized by abstinence; self-restraining. Farrar.

(Ab*sterge) v. t. [L. abstergere, abstersum; ab, abs + tergere to wipe. Cf. F absterger.] To make clean by wiping; to wipe away; to cleanse; hence, to purge. [R.] Quincy.

(Ab*ster"gent) a. [L. abstergens, p. pr. of abstergere.] Serving to cleanse, detergent.

(Ab*ster"gent), n. A substance used in cleansing; a detergent; as, soap is an abstergent.

(Ab*sterse") v. t. To absterge; to cleanse; to purge away. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.

(Ab*ster"sion) n. [F. abstersion. See Absterge.] Act of wiping clean; a cleansing; a purging.

The task of ablution and abstersion being performed.
Sir W. Scott.

(Ab*ster"sive) a. [Cf. F. abstersif. See Absterge.] Cleansing; purging. Bacon.

(Ab*ster"sive), n. Something cleansing.

The strong abstersive of some heroic magistrate.

(Ab*ster"sive*ness), n. The quality of being abstersive. Fuller.

(Ab"sti*nence) n. [F. abstinence, L. abstinentia, fr. abstinere. See Abstain.]

1. The act or practice of abstaining; voluntary forbearance of any action, especially the refraining from an indulgence of appetite, or from customary gratifications of animal or sensual propensities. Specifically, the practice of abstaining from intoxicating beverages, — called also total abstinence.

The abstinence from a present pleasure that offers itself is a pain, nay, oftentimes, a very great one.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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