ab·ste·mi·ous (ăb-stēmē-əs, əb-)
1. Eating and drinking in moderation.
2. Characterized by abstinence or moderation: an abstemious way of life.
[From Latin abstēmius : abs-, ab-, away; see AB–1 + *tēmus, *tēmum, strong alcoholic drink (compare Latin tēmulentus, drunken, and tēmētum, strong alcoholic drink, wine, mead); possibly akin to Sanskrit tāmyati, he is stupefied, exhausted, and Armenian t‛mrim, I grow dull, indolent.]
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