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English citations of abstemious

  1. Refraining from freely consuming food or strong drink; sparing in diet; abstinent, temperate. [From early 17th c.]
    • 2003, Gabriel García Márquez; Edith Grossman, transl., chapter 4, in Living to Tell the Tale, New York, N.Y.: Alfred A. Knopf, →ISBN:
      The other duel, which occurred much earlier but was indelible in the town's memory, was the one between Plinio Balmaceda and Dionisiano Barrios. The first was a member of an old and respectable family, an enormous, charming man but also a troublemaker with a wicked temper when he crossed paths with alcohol. [] Dionisiano Barrios was just the opposite: a timid, impaired man, an enemy of brawls and abstemious by nature.