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.