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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-stee-mee-uh s]
    • /æbˈsti mi əs/
    • /əbˈstiːmɪəsnəs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-stee-mee-uh s]
    • /æbˈsti mi əs/

Definitions of abstemiousness word

  • adjective abstemiousness sparing or moderate in eating and drinking; temperate in diet. 1
  • adjective abstemiousness characterized by abstinence: an abstemious life. 1
  • adjective abstemiousness sparing: an abstemious diet. 1
  • noun abstemiousness The quality of being abstemious, temperate, or sparing, particularly in the use of food and strong drinks. (First attested in the early 17th century.). 1

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Origin of abstemiousness

First appearance:

before 1615
One of the 41% oldest English words
1615-25; < Latin abstēmius, equivalent to abs- abs- + tēm- (base of tēmētum intoxicating drink) + -ius -ious

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Parts of speech for Abstemiousness


abstemiousness popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 65% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 67% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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Synonyms for abstemiousness

noun abstemiousness

  • abstinence — Abstinence is the practice of abstaining from something such as alcoholic drink or sex, often for health or religious reasons.
  • moderation — the quality of being moderate; restraint; avoidance of extremes or excesses; temperance.
  • self-denial — the sacrifice of one's own desires; unselfishness.
  • restraint — a restraining action or influence: freedom from restraint.
  • ascetic — An ascetic person has a way of life that is simple and strict, usually because of their religious beliefs.

Antonyms for abstemiousness

noun abstemiousness

  • indulgence — the act or practice of indulging; gratification of desire.
  • intemperance — excessive or immoderate indulgence in alcoholic beverages.
  • self-indulgence — indulging one's own desires, passions, whims, etc., especially without restraint.
  • wildness — living in a state of nature; not tamed or domesticated: a wild animal; wild geese.

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