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abstinence


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Abstinence  \Ab"sti*nence\,  n.  [F.  abstinence,  L.  abstinentia 
  fr  abstinere  See  {Abstain}.] 
  1.  The  act  or  practice  of  abstaining;  voluntary  forbearance 
  of  any  action  especially  the  refraining  from  an 
  indulgence  of  appetite,  or  from  customary  gratifications 
  of  animal  or  sensual  propensities.  Specifically,  the 
  practice  of  abstaining  from  intoxicating  beverages,  -- 
  called  also  {total  abstinence}. 
 
  The  abstinence  from  a  present  pleasure  that  offers 
  itself  is  a  pain,  nay,  oftentimes,  a  very  great  one 
  --Locke. 
 
  2.  The  practice  of  self-denial  by  depriving  one's  self  of 
  certain  kinds  of  food  or  drink,  especially  of  meat. 
 
  Penance,  fasts,  and  abstinence,  To  punish  bodies  for 
  the  soul's  offense.  --Dryden. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  abstinence 
  n  1:  the  trait  of  abstaining  (especially  from  alcohol)  [syn:  {abstention}] 
  2:  act  or  practice  of  refraining  from  indulging  an  appetite 




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