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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-stuh-nuh ns or ab-stuh-nuh n-see]
    • /ˈæb stə nəns or ˈæb stə nən si/
    • /ˈæb.stɪ.nəns/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-stuh-nuh ns or ab-stuh-nuh n-see]
    • /ˈæb stə nəns or ˈæb stə nən si/

Definitions of abstinence word

  • uncountable noun abstinence Abstinence is the practice of abstaining from something such as alcoholic drink or sex, often for health or religious reasons. 3
  • noun abstinence the act or practice of refraining from some action or from the use of something, esp alcohol 3
  • noun abstinence the practice of refraining from specific kinds of food or drink, esp from meat, as an act of penance 3
  • noun abstinence the act of voluntarily doing without some or all food, drink, or other pleasures 3
  • noun abstinence abstention from flesh meat on certain designated days 3
  • noun abstinence forbearance from any indulgence of appetite, especially from the use of alcoholic beverages: total abstinence. 1

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Origin of abstinence

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
First recorded in 1250-1300; Middle English word from Latin word abstinentia. See abstain, -ence

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Parts of speech for Abstinence


abstinence popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 88% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

abstinence usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abstinence

noun abstinence

  • frugality — the quality of being frugal, or prudent in saving; the lack of wastefulness: Many people who have lived through periods of economic deprivation develop lifelong habits of frugality and are almost never tempted by wasteful consumption.
  • moderation — the quality of being moderate; restraint; avoidance of extremes or excesses; temperance.
  • chastity — the state of being chaste; purity
  • self-restraint — restraint imposed on one by oneself; self-control.
  • temperance — moderation or self-restraint in action, statement, etc.; self-control.

Antonyms for abstinence

noun abstinence

  • drunkenness — intoxicated; drunk.
  • indulgence — the act or practice of indulging; gratification of desire.
  • intemperance — excessive or immoderate indulgence in alcoholic beverages.
  • intoxication — inebriation; drunkenness.
  • revelry — reveling; boisterous festivity: Their revelry could be heard across the river.

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