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Abstemious (moderate in appetite) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's absolutely essential words for the GRE, which includes 300 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

Definition of the adjective abstemious

What does abstemious mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more abstemious / most abstemious

  1. sparing in consumption of especially food and drink
  2. marked by temperance in indulgence
    • example: abstemious with the use of adverbs
    • synonym of abstemious: light
    • similar: temperate

Alternative definition of the adjective abstemious


  1. [context: Original Latin sense] Abstaining from wine.
  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.
  3. Sparingly used; used with temperance or moderation
  4. Marked by, or spent in, abstinence; as, an abstemious life.
  5. [rare] Promotive of abstemiousness

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Google previewThe Structure of the Lexicon (1995)

Human Versus Machine by Jürgen Handke

In this case, the user has to select option 2 via mouse button press, allowing ABSTEMIOUS to form a standard adverb. Depending on the initial word-class chosen, further subordinate menus of this type are presented to the user. At the end of ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

ABSTEMIOUS, adj. [abstemiits, Lat.l Temperate, sober, abstinent, refraining from excess or pleasures. It is used of persons; as, an abflemi- :iis hermit: and of things ; as, aVi abstemious diet. Tt is spoken likewise of things that cause temperance.

Google previewA complete dictionary of the English language (1789)

both with regard to sound and meaning ... To which is prefixed a prosodial grammar by Thomas Sheridan

ABSTEMIOUS, Sb-std'-myi*. a. Temperate, sober, abstinent ABSTEMIOUSLY, Ib- ftA'-oiyus-ty. ad. Temperately, soberly, without indulgence. ABSTEMIOUSNESS, a'o-ste'- ...

Google previewMedical Lexicon. A New Dictionary of Medical Science, containing a concise account of the various subjects and terms, ... and formulae for ... preparations etc. Third edition (1865)

ABSTEMIOUS—ACATALEPSIA ~—-ooo— ACATALIS—ACEPHALIA. —ooo— ACEPHALO—ACETICUM ACIDUM. 25 ——00.—— ACEPII'ALO, (from. 22 be purgative and poisonous. They are employed to form rosarios, and hence called, ...

Google previewEncyclopædia metropolitana; or, Universal dictionary of knowledge, ed. by E. Smedley, Hugh J. Rose and Henry J. Rose. [With] Plates (1845)

by Edward Smedley

An abstemious man refrains from wine ; ab abstinentia temeti dictus. But the word is now applied generally to that which is temperate, moderate, restrained or withheld from excess. . — A man so much divine. That only thrice a week on homely ...

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Scrabble value of A1B3S1T1E1M3I1O1U1S1

The value of this 10-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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