- abstain ► VERB 1) restrain oneself from doing or indulging in something. 2) formally choose not to vote.DERIVATIVES abstainer noun.ORIGIN Latin abstinere 'hold from' .
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Abstainer — Ab*stain er, n. One who abstains; esp., one who abstains from the use of intoxicating liquors. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
abstainer — (n.) mid 15c., one who practices self denial, agent noun from ABSTAIN (Cf. abstain) … Etymology dictionary
abstainer — noun see abstain … New Collegiate Dictionary
abstainer — /ab stay neuhr/, n. 1. a person who abstains from something regarded as improper or unhealthy, esp. the drinking of alcoholic beverages. 2. a person who abstains from anything. [1525 35; ABSTAIN + ER1] * * * … Universalium
abstainer — noun Agent noun of abstain; one who abstains; especially, one who abstains from something they enjoy, such as the use of intoxicating liquors … Wiktionary
abstainer — Synonyms and related words: Albigensian, Apostolici, Catharist, Encratite, Franciscan, Pythagorean, Pythagorist, Rechabite, Sabbatarian, Shaker, Trappist, Waldensian, abstinent, anchorite, ascetic, banian, bhikshu, dervish, fakir, flagellant,… … Moby Thesaurus
abstainer — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. teetotaler, prohibitionist, abstinent, teetotalist, nondrinker, temperance advocate, puritan, ascetic, water drinker, Calvinist, member of the WCTU, one who is on the wagon*, bluenose*, dry*. II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n … English dictionary for students
abstainer — n. one who refrains from, one who denies oneself something (especially something pleasurable) … English contemporary dictionary
abstainer — n teetotaler, nephalist, nondrinker, water drinker, hydropot; temperance advocate, W.C.T.U. member, prohibitionist, Inf. dry, blue ribboner, blue ribbonist, blue ribbonite; puritan, ascetic; Rechabite, Encratite … A Note on the Style of the synonym finder
abstainer — ab·stain·er … English syllables