a person who from something regarded as improper or unhealthy, especially the drinking of alcoholic beverages.
a person who from anything.
The dipsomaniac and the abstainer are not only both mistaken, but they both make the same mistake.
A Chesterton Calendar G. K. Chesterton
You have always, then, been an abstainer since you came to the colony?
Frank Oldfield T.P. Wilson
The abstainer, like the Nazirite, is his own witness, his own judge.
The Expositor’s Bible:The Book of Numbers Robert A. Watson
The bishop asked me the other day whether I was an abstainer.
The Bishop’s Apron W. Somerset Maugham
Speaking as an abstainer from fermented liquors, I must really protest against these allusions to barmaids.
The Evil Genius Wilkie Collins
“All right,” said the major, regarding an abstainer with disfavour.
Command William McFee
He was no abstainer and saw nothing wrong in entering a public-house, although it never occurred to him to do so.
Married August Strindberg
The master then, being an abstainer, should also give some care to his diet.
Scientific American Supplement, No. 832, December 12, 1891 Various
And is not total abstinence the only safe side for the abstainer himself?
The Hero of the Humber Henry Woodcock
The brandy I did not touch, for I have been an abstainer from my birth.
The Island of Doctor Moreau H. G. Wells
mid-15c., “one who practices self-denial,” agent noun from abstain.
to hold oneself back voluntarily, especially from something regarded as improper or unhealthy (usually followed by from): to abstain from eating meat. to refrain from casting one’s vote: a referendum in which two delegates abstained. Contemporary Examples And scientists do, indeed, downplay many of the supposed benefits of abstaining from food. The Enlightenment Diet Bruce […]
sparing or moderate in eating and drinking; temperate in diet. characterized by abstinence: an abstemious life. sparing: an abstemious diet. Historical Examples For this they work most energetically; living in the most abstemious manner, in order that they may not break into their hoard. A Tramp’s Wallet William Duthie He was however naturally of an […]
sparing or moderate in eating and drinking; temperate in diet. characterized by abstinence: an abstemious life. sparing: an abstemious diet. Historical Examples He ate on, rapidly but abstemiously, and finished before Mr. Bylash, who had had twenty minutes’ start of him. Queed Henry Sydnor Harrison adjective moderate or sparing, esp in the consumption of alcohol […]
sparing or moderate in eating and drinking; temperate in diet. characterized by abstinence: an abstemious life. sparing: an abstemious diet. Historical Examples True, I’ve since made call at an hotel, but you don’t give me credit for my abstemiousness! Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid Of true Puritan abstemiousness, his only indulgence was chewing tobacco. The Crisis, […]
an act or instance of . withholding of a vote. Contemporary Examples A second diplomat told the Daily Beast that a Chinese abstention may be “inevitable.” Punishing the Mullahs Michael Adler February 9, 2010 A diplomat told the Daily Beast that a Chinese abstention on the U.N. vote may be “inevitable.” Punishing the Mullahs Michael […]