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 for abstemious
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Abstemious \Ab*ste"mi*ous\, a. [L. abstemius; ab, abs + root of
     temetum intoxicating drink.]
     1. Abstaining from wine. [Orig. Latin sense.]
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              Under his special eye
              Abstemious I grew up and thrived amain. --Milton.
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     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.
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              Instances of longevity are chiefly among the
              abstemious.                           --Arbuthnot.
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     3. Sparingly used; used with temperance or moderation; as, an
        abstemious diet. --Gibbon.
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     4. Marked by, or spent in, abstinence; as, an abstemious
        life. "One abstemious day." --Pope.
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     5. Promotive of abstemiousness. [R.]
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              Such is the virtue of the abstemious well. --Dryden.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: sparing in consumption of especially food and drink; "the
             pleasures of the table, never of much consequence to one
             naturally abstemious"- John Galsworthy [ant:
      2: marked by temperance in indulgence; "abstemious with the use
         of adverbs"; "a light eater"; "a light smoker"; "ate a light
         supper" [syn: abstemious, light(a)]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  68 Moby Thesaurus words for "abstemious":
     Apostolic, Encratic, Lenten, Pythagorean, Rechabite, Shaker,
     Spartan, Stoic, abstentious, abstinent, ascetic, austere, celibate,
     chaste, continent, dwarfed, dwarfish, exiguous, frugal, fruitarian,
     impoverished, jejune, lean, limited, meager, mean, miserly, narrow,
     nephalistic, niggardly, on the wagon, paltry, parsimonious, poor,
     puny, scant, scanty, scrawny, scrimp, scrimpy, self-abnegating,
     self-denying, sexually abstinent, skimp, skimpy, slender, slight,
     slim, small, sober, spar, spare, sparing, starvation, stingy,
     stinted, straitened, stunted, subsistence, sworn off, teetotal,
     temperate, thin, unnourishing, unnutritious, vegetarian, watered,

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