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Definition of Abstinence

Abstinence

  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.
  2. The practice of self-denial by depriving one's self of certain kinds of food or drink, especially of meat.

Abstinence Quotations

Temperance is moderation in the things that are good and total abstinence from the things that are foul.
Frances E. Willard

Whether sexual orientation can change or not, hearts can change and turn any sexual orientation into an occasion for the glory of Christ. Those with same-sex attraction glorify Christ through sexual abstinence and through the enrichment of significant Christ-exalting relationships in other ways.
John Piper

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
Saint Augustine

The only way for a rich man to be healthy is by exercise and abstinence, to live as if he were poor.
William Temple

Use, do not abuse... neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.
Voltaire
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Abstinence Translations

abstinence in Dutch is geheelonthouding, abstinentie
abstinence in French is abstention, abstinence
abstinence in German is Enthaltung {f}, Abstinenz {f}
abstinence in Hungarian is absztinencia
abstinence in Latin is ieiunium
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