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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

Peace and abstinence from European interferences are our objects, and so will continue while the present order of things in America remain uninterrupted.
Thomas Jefferson

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

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
Saint Augustine

To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
Saint Augustine

Half the vices which the world condemns most loudly have seeds of good in them and require moderate use rather than total abstinence.
Samuel Butler
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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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